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Councilor wants city included in school projects

Updated: 01/07/2014 7:25 AM | Created: 01/07/2014 7:23 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque city councilor wants a say in how some school projects are built. This, after Councilor Isaac Benton said the city wasn't included in designing the Jefferson Middle School traffic loop.

Benton is now proposing a bill at Monday night's city council meeting that would require input from them and from people who live nearby.

The loop opened Monday morning and so far, parents like it. "It makes great sense and it cannot stay the way that it is. Yeah, we've seen kids almost get hit on Girard daily so this is a big deal. I'm really grateful that they put it in place," said Christen Pike, a Jefferson parent.

But some people who live just feet away aren't fans. Some are mad about an alley way that connects the neighborhood to Jefferson. People who live nearby said this is just an open invitation and they're worried something bad could happen.

Amber Fayerberg has been against the plan since the very beginning. She wishes she had more of a say into how the loop was designed.

"It's our property taxes that are funding this directly. We own this house and our children in the neighborhood who are going to this school and we are the voices that they completely ignored," Fayerberg said.

Councilor Isaac Benton agrees. On Monday night, he laid it all out in a proposed bill, asking for a say in some school projects that use public areas.

APS told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they met with the city and with the neighborhood and felt the design was the safest for students.


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