Belfast Metropolis Council to debate consolidating polling areas, subdivision right-of-way, and Montessori college lights

Belfast Metropolis Council to debate consolidating polling areas, subdivision right-of-way, and Montessori college lights
BELFAST — The Belfast Metropolis Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 21, for his or her common assembly. Agenda objects on Belfast Metropolis Supervisor Erin Herbig’s pre-meeting report embrace attainable election polling location consolidation, a possible subdivision right-of-way, and Cornerspring Montessori College college lights, amongst others.

The primary merchandise on Herbig’s pre-meeting report is a dialogue with the Metropolis clerk on election polling areas. Metropolis employees have really useful that wards 1-2 mix their voting location with wards 3-4, who’ve used the Tarratine Tribe Corridor as their polling location for a number of elections, in response to the report.

Among the causes listed for transferring the situation of 1-2 embrace the dimensions and site of the Tarratine Tribe Corridor, along with added security, parking, and accessibility. Metropolis Clerk Angie Crosby believes that the transfer would additionally present improved election staffing by lowering the variety of polling stations from three to 2. This is able to reportedly permit for a significantly elevated quantity of oversight on the remaining two polling areas.

Previous to the COVID-19 wards 1-4 each utilized the Belfast Boathouse as their polling location from 2013, earlier than transferring to the Crosby Middle. Throughout the pandemic the Metropolis moved again to a few areas to make social distancing simpler.

Crosby is recommending that the Council contemplate the proposal to have wards 1-4 vote on the Tarratine Tribe Corridor starting in March 2024.

“This can give employees time to see how the 2024 March main goes earlier than the June election into the presidential election in November 2024.”

Crosby will likely be current on the assembly to reply questions.

Cornerspring Montessori College is requesting the Council set up decreased pace restrict signage on decrease Congress Road. The Code and Planning Division obtained the request from the Montessori Board of Trustees for Council consideration of the set up of two flashing college zone indicators that will sluggish the pace restrict on decrease Congress Road to sluggish the pace to fifteen mph throughout particular instances of day. The Cornerspring Montessori College is situated at 256 Congress Road.

The proposed signage could be in keeping with the signage at present used at Belfast Space Excessive College. If the proposal is authorized, the indicators could be positioned 300 toes from both facet of the varsity’s driveway. Cornerspring Montessori will cowl all prices of supplies, set up, and upkeep.

As well as, the College plans to buy a “BlinkLink,” which is a college zone alert software program and management system used for programming and operation. The system provides faculties the flexibility to amend the sunshine schedule as wanted, together with early launch days, delayed openings, and holidays. The indicators could be lit half-hour earlier than college begins and stay on half-hour after college ends, in response to Herbig’s report.

Later within the assembly the Council can have a dialogue concerning the right-of-way and a turnaround space on Priscilla Lane. The intention of finishing the unfinished turnaround on the Metropolis-owned avenue is to permit the property homeowners Invoice and Kym Sanderson to subdivide their 24 acre lot, which abuts Congress Road and Priscilla Lane. The homeowners reportedly began work on subdividing the property into 5 tons.

In line with Herbig’s report, the Metropolis has been sustaining Priscilla Lane for many years. The correct-of-way for Priscilla Lane has been recognized as 16.5 huge and comprises between 18 and 20 toes of pavement. The Road useless ends subsequent to the Sanderson property and doesn’t have a completed turnaround space.

Metropolis ordinances require that the development of a correct turnaround and widening of the right-of-way should be accomplished to subdivide property. Turnarounds permit a clean visitors movement for supply vehicles and first responders that don’t embrace personal property or reversing route. Widening the right-of-way is to have all of the pavement on Metropolis land and permit for house for potential future and infrastructure enhancements.

“The Metropolis has traditionally taken the coverage stance that builders are answerable for infrastructure enhancements on their land and within the Metropolis’s right-of-way. The Sandersons have recognized they financially can’t construct the turnaround and pay all the prices and costs for the subdivision approval course of with the Planning Board. They’ll nonetheless promote tons with out subdivision approval as long as they solely promote rather a lot or two as soon as each 5 years. This course of will depart Priscilla Lane because it at present exists, making future housing growth tougher to perform sooner or later.”

In line with Herbig’s pre-meeting report, the Sandersons have requested the Council to approve the completed building of the turnaround space and to simply accept land to extend the width of the right-of-way from 16.5 toes to 33 toes. Approval of the proposal by the Council can solely be executed as soon as the Belfast Planning Board approves the subdivision for the 24-acre lot at 157 Congress Road. Map 34, Lot 33.

Further particulars concerning the proposal can be found in Herbig’s full pre-meeting report.

Metropolis Planner John Boynton and Director of Code and Planning Bub Fournier will each be current on the assembly to current and reply any questions.

An entire pre-meeting report is offered on the Metropolis’s web site.

Metropolis Supervisor Herbig concludes her report by sending good needs to all Belfastians this Thanksgiving.

“Good meals that fills your desk, good well being as you’re employed onerous, and good instances with household and buddies. Could you have got all the most effective joys in life right here in Belfast.

“Pleased Thanksgiving!”

Erica Thoms might be reached at

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