Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 17, 1978 · Page 10
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Albuquerque Journal from Albuquerque, New Mexico · Page 10

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Saturday, June 17, 1978
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A-10 ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL Saturday, June 17, 1978 Delay in Decision Is Urged On Parking in UNM Area By SUSANNE BURKS A special task force has recommended that the city defer a decision for up to one year on allowing removal of on-street parking on East Central Avenne in the University of New Mexico area. In an interim report to be transmitted to City Council Monday, the Central Avenue Traffic Study Task Force recommends the deferral to allow it to evaluate other measures that have been or are being implemented. The report says removal of on-street parking on Central is "highly desirable from the standpoint of improving pedestrian safety..." - But it says the task force is hesitant to recommend that measure because of the high cost of replacing on-street parking. The task force was appointed and has issued its first report in response to a council resolution enacted in ' January. The resolution requested recommendations by June 1 about municipal parking lots on the south side of Central adjacent to the business area. The report does not require action. The council can accept it or merely acknowledge receipt. Task force Chairman Robert Fosnaugh, city traffic engineer, said the group studied pedestrian crossings problems on East Central Avenue between Girard and University. New York City Loans Endorsed by Schmitt ByPAULR.WIECK Of the Journal's Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, R-N.M., has voted for a compromise bill which will provide $1.5 billion in long-term loans for New York City under a new set of safeguards. He said he thinks the new version will get through the Senate and be accepted by the House conferees. Schmitt said he was uncertain of his vote when the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee went into a mark-up session Thursday because he wasn't convinced the authors of the administration's package had given careful thought to safeguards. "I still feel a great uncertainty," he said Friday. The administration plan would have authorized $2 billion in guarantees to loans made from city and state pension funds. Under the compromise, only loans from city pension funds will be guaranteed and the state will have to co-insure the first 5 percent of the loans. The city will be able to get $500 million in loans in 1979 and 1980 and $250 million in 1980 and 1982. Schmitt offered an amendment to require that the city set up a productivity council for public employees and provide that the city's emergency financial control board be represented on the council. The Schmitt amendment was incorporated into the compromise. NOW only $3395 brand new 1978 f-100 (freight, prep, tax extra) FRONTIER FOOT 1 (Q)(Q) 23 carcica GARDEN CENTER ( Plants V Mower Repair y Garden Supplies Landscape Maintenance Landscaping r Plantings Design Service OftV Sprinkler Systems Hydroseeding & Sodding Patios, Pools & Fountains 465 Washington, SE 265-3568 the softest shirtwaist . . . shirtwaist dressing updated in o smart chain print poly knit. Block on beige or red on navy U2. 45 ENCANTAOA SOIAPE'IOO'SIANA i MENAUL881-3366930-5 30 He said the study also included problems on University, Lomas and Girard. The task force now plans to evaluate measures that have been or will be taken to resolve the problems, Fosnaugh said. The report said the task force feels that removal of on-street parking on Central would be acceptable to the business community if two or three off-street parking lots with at least 40 total spaces were provided on or near Central. It says three lots with 48 spaces would cost from $291,000 to $375,000, including land and construction costs. Assuming a meter rate of 25 cents an hour and an occupancy rate of 60 percent for eight hours a day 250 days a year, 40 spaces would yield annual revenue of $12,000, the report says. In noting task force hesitancy to recommend removal of on-street parking because of high replacement costs, the report says other pedestrian safety measures "will result in a significant improvement and will partially offset the potential hazards of on-street parking." A list of pedestrian safety measures snows completion of installation of general pedestrian warning signs on Central, pedestrian signals on all traffic signals around UNM and a pedestrian traffic signal on Central at Cornell. The speed limit on Central also has been reduced from 35 to 30 miles an hour, the list shows. Installation of 30-minute parking meters on Central is listed as deferred pending a decision on off-street parking. 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