Posted Online: Oct. 29, 2013, 7:48 pm

Hampton discusses school safety zone

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By Sarah Ford, correspondent@qconline.com

HAMPTON -- Hampton trustees on Monday discussed establishing a school safety zone because the village doesn't have one.

The new zone would have a restricted speed zone during school days and would prohibit drivers from using a cellphone or other electronic device while behind the wheel. Violators would be subject to a $50 fine for the first offense.

Trustees will discuss the boundaries of the safety zone during a streets committee meeting and will bring back an ordinance for vote in November. Once the boundaries are established, signs will be installed to alert drivers to the zone.

In other news, trustee Matt King said he has not received a shipment day for the new playground equipment for Gladys Ryherd Park and so will aim for installing the equipment next spring.

"It's a season that it won't be in the elements," Mr. King told the board. The equipment will be stored with the public works department over the winter.

Public Works Superintendent Scott McKay informed the board that the altitude valve on Barrington Hill has "failed," causing two water main breaks this past week. The cost of replacing the valve is $5,500, and Mr. McKay expects it to be installed by early next week.

Trustees also learned that costs for the motor fuel tax patching project have come in about $22,000 less than the original bid. Project manager Greg Schaapveld, of Shive Hattery, told the board there was "decent rock underneath" many of the roads, so the repairs weren't as extensive. He added that a few patching and restriping projects remain, with a deadline of Nov. 29.