Backing Up Newtown Grant

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Michael Taylor is freshman at R.E. Lee. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he faces many challenges. One of those not often mentioned. Is just getting home.

"It's always been a challenge," says the district's Director of Operations Mark White. "We've not had a problem other than its difficult and time-consuming to get the bus through there."

That's in reference to Anderson Street. A narrow, dead end road with lots of congestion.

"A couple of times they've had to drop him off a couple houses down because of the way they're parked, " says Michael's mother, Deborah Taylor.

And with literally nowhere to turn, the bus has to back down the alley each day.

"We're not supposed to back them up anywhere unless we absolutely have to which in this situation is a have to situation to back up there, " says bus driver Lisa Kisamore.

And all that can change with the approval of this block grant. Around $144,000 will be used to cut through a parking lot and around to the top of Anderson Street and that should solve those transportation problems.

"Anything that would facilitate the flow of traffic through there would be beneficial," said White.

But that is pending council approval. They vote Thursday night to submit its application which must be handed-in by the end of the month.

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