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Red Ribbon Commission: Safety and Infrastructure Committee Recommendations

Red Ribbon Commission: Safety and Infrastructure Committee Recommendations

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RRC Recommendations from the Safety & Infrastructure Committee

8/10/11 Infrastructure Improvements: 1. Complete sidewalk resurfacing and ramp improvements. It is clear as we near the sidewalk resurfacing completion associated with the Sewer and Drain Water initiative that the new brick chosen is easier to clean and configured such that litter and cigarette butts do not get stuck in between the bricks. Additionally we see improved ramps from the sidewalk to the street which should be done for every ramp in the square. 2. Carl Barron Plaza - Several Opportunities in Carl Barron Plaza Create a plan that provides a multi-purpose use of CBP, for example: o Create a platform that invites food vendors into this part of Central Square. o Create a platform that invites organized street entertainment into this area. Coordinate having the MBTA bus stops redistributed throughout the Square to eliminate them from Carl Barron Plaza. Resurface Carl Barron Plaza (CBP) and the MBTA Island so that it is a contiguous area in the absence of the bus stops. 3. Monitor and advocate for the MBTA elevator replacement initiative in Central Square. Add electricity to the circled T sign in Central Square. Replace and improve lighting fixtures at all T entrances and bus stations. Safety and lighting 1. Lighting Improvement Lighting improvement is a direct correlate to reducing nuisance behavior. Light studies are underway to compare to established public lighting standards. We would like to see new lighting and additional poles added to the Square and to key approaches to the Square, including River Street and Prospect. This will include underground infrastructure for new lights added, possibly new poles although we would explore improved fixtures first if the existing poles could be

maintained; if not, we would continue with the lighting esthetics of Jill BrownRhone Park. Improve the lighting in the alley way to public parking lot #5. Improve the private parking lot lighting on Green Street between River and the Post Office Improve the lighting in University Park by the Fire Station. 2. Ensure that the new design of the old Police Station include a first floor 24 hour police report writing station. 3. Determine resources necessary to maintain current level of security assets in Central Square. OR { Maintain stability of safety resources through continued collaborative efforts between the City and business.} Cleanliness and Maintenance 1. Determine resources necessary to increase maintenance and cleanliness standards in Central Square. Increase the frequency of power washing and expand the effort to include public parking lots and new technologies to address tougher stains. 2. Secure a regimented maintenance program from NSTAR and the Post Office for transfer boxes and mailboxes, lighting boxes and electric transfer boxes. 3. Add recycling containers to the Big Belly Installations to promote public area recycling. 4. Monitor and advocate for the MBTA elevator replacement initiative in Central Square. Add electricity to the circled T sign in Central Square. Replace and improve lighting fixtures at all T entrances and bus stations. 5. Establish and promote cleanliness standards for private parking lot owners. 6. Establish and promote increased cleanliness and safety standards for vacant properties (e.g. Vail Court). 7. Place cigarette receptacles at T entrances, bus stops, and in front of convenience stores and identify maintenance responsibilities.

Aesthetic improvements and beautification 1. Secure substantial increases in façade renovation funds and unique criteria specific to Central Square. 2. Advocate for maintenance and lighting of the street clock in front of Citizens Bank. 3. Determine cost and resources necessary to create seasonal and holidaylighted gateways at either end of Mass Ave and bring electricity and lighting capability to each tree on Mass. Ave., River Street, and Prospect Street in the commercial district. 4. Expand summer flowerpots and summer landscaping along Mass Ave between the months of June and October through City and community partnerships.

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