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Trustees looking to solve traffic woes in front of library

Posted by Sarah Favot  June 14, 2011 10:00 AM

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The Milton Board of Library Trustees is looking into options to control traffic on Canton Avenue in front of the library.

Library director Philip McNulty said he has met with Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. about the traffic problem from vehicles making a left-hand turn into the library parking lot from Canton Avenue.

Wells chairs the town’s Traffic Commission.

Since the new library building opened in April 2009, there have been seven motor vehicle accidents in front of the library entrance, according to McNulty.

McNulty said Wells was open to the idea of changing the lane divisions so that instead of two lanes eastbound on Canton Avenue, there would be two lanes for vehicles traveling westbound on Canton Avenue.

This would allow vehicles turning left into the parking lot to be in their own lane, and those continuing straight through Canton Avenue to travel in the far right lane.

Trustee Hyacinth Crichlow said she would like the entrance and exit signs to be more visible to drivers as they travel down Canton Avenue.

The trustees also requested McNulty to hire a landscaper to look at the 200-year-old beech tree in front of the library.

Trustee Frank Schroth said he thought the tree wasn’t looking healthy.

McNulty said that in 2008, a landscaper examined the tree and said there was some sign of disease and water stress.

At the time, the trustees decided to leave space for the tree’s roots when designing the new library building and to set up a water irrigation system for the tree to try to preserve the tree.

In other business, McNulty said Tim Martin would be leaving his position as the young adult librarian this week. McNulty said Martin is moving to Hawaii. Martin has worked at the library since 2008, said McNulty.

“He’s been a really great employee in many ways and developed the young adult collection,” he said.

McNulty also said that Shirley Hart, an assistant librarian who worked at the library for 16 years, retired this spring.

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