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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 22, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle If evolution works, nature will eventually produce a pedestrian who can jump three at W OCv 1W T.ltgiaph'. 100th Ywr Ai A Dally Newspaper C. M VOL. 100 NO. 274 Established ii t Weekly October 90, IM Incorporated as a Dally March 1, 1M NEW HAMPSHIRE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY Second dm At Niihut, N. H. M PAGES MM TEN Plan To Permit SolonS To Raise Tax Revenue A Winter Day on the Lake A few short months ago, Silver Lake State Park charcoal fire whetted the-appetite. Today, only the sun in Hollis echoed vvith the summertime sound of swim- the dormant trees, casting long and cold mers splashing in the water; a vacant picnic table was while a blanket of snow serves as coverings at a premium and the smell of food cooking over a for the.tables. (Telegraphoto-Shalhoup) Traffic Control Jurisdiqtidri Reviewed By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Before "the city can appoint a traffic coordinator it must clarify lines' of departmental-, authority and. jurisdiction re- garding traffic, control. This was the major --coheir sion reached by the1 City Plan- ning Board and the aldermanie traffic committee .at. a joint meeting last night. Conducts Study Appearing at the session was Robert C. Blumenthal, president of Bruce Campbell Associates of Boston and engineer in charge.-pf a traffic study :conducted in Nas under "a federally assisted prb- .gram. The program is called "Traf- fic Operations Program for In- creasing Capacity and or TOPICS, for short. It is ad- ministered by the state. Depart- ment of Public Works and High- ways and is expected to be com- pleted by- summer. Also appearing at the meeting were George Harris, assistant planning.and economics engi- neer of the state highway de- Planning Body OKs Apartment Plans A ;248-unit apartment complex off Amherst Street' received con- ditional approval of the City Planning Board last night, while a 108-unit apartment complex on the South Daniel Webster High- way was tabled for more traffic planning. The site plan.forthe apartment project off Amherst Street .-was approved, providing developers succeed in obtaining a-variance' from the Zoning Board of Ad- justment; increase the radii of a proposed access road to'Amherst Street; meet drainage specifica- tions as laid out by the city en- gineer; and dedicate a strip of land bordering Amherst Street' for future street widening. Where Proposed The First Hartford Realty Corp. of Manchester, Conn.; pro- poses to develop the apartment houses. The site plan approved last night was for the first phase of the project. The second phase calls for 104 more apartments and would require separate ap- proval by the Planning Board. As proposed, the apartment com- be built in back of Rich's department store and would require a -zoning variance PIZZA by Charles Famous thru out New England 147 W. Peart St. Finest in Pizzas Grinders (all varieties) Regular Charles SPECIAL PIZZA TUESDAY OOc ONLY "7g Telephone 887-4541 Opan 11 A.M. to 2 A.M. Men. thru Sat. 3 P.M. to for part of the property now des- ignated as general business. expected the variance will 'be. aired at a public hearing by the Zoning Board of Adjustment Jan. 2S. Representing First .Hartford Realty were Herbert Byk, Leon- ard, E.. Seader, vice president, aria Joseph P. Whelton, a Nash- ua' The South Daniel-Webster High- way was 'laid aside because .the Planning Board wanted jnore in-, fprniatibn on access points from the apartment complex to the highway. Site plans call for the apart- ments built in the rear'of the.Cathay Island restaurant. Speaking for the project was Henry E, Cote, part-owner of the property Involved. Traffic Signals Discussed was the possibiliry, of installing traffic lights to control traffic from the'apartments com- ing onto the South D.W. Highway.. The PJanning Board members said they wished to get.more in. formation on the> traffic problems Involved before making a. deci- sion. Bruce Campbell Associates consulting traffic engineers of Boston, will make a report on the-subject in conjunction with the TOPICS program it is con- ducting for the dty.. 'The developer for the apart- ment .project, named Louisburg Square, is the Draper Develop-, ment Miss. partment, and Paul Gailinas, a Briice Campbell 'consultants firm. The consultants and Harris briefed the Planning Board and traffic committee members on, the progress of the TOPICS 'study. .TOPICS does' not provide for any new road construction. Esther, it is aimed at eliminat- ing, or at least minimizing, hindrances .on existing streets to promote better traffic flow and more .effective pedestrian safety..: ,'7 Under TOPICS, -improvements could' be' recommended -'include .such items-, as -street widening to provide :addi- tional; turning lane at major in- tersections; channeling devices, adjusted traffic lights for time'd progression; better street mark- ings, additional pedestrian safe- guards; possible one-way sys- tems; and additional restricted prevent, bottleneck situations.. The TOPICS .program-pro- vides for 50 .per cent federal aid to carry out recommended improvements. Air Trouble Spots the P1 An g Board arid'the tee .talked at length about vari- ous traffic trouble the city and improvements. which could be 'made undervthe'TOP- ICS program. They into discussion on a traffic coordinator with questions posed by Alderman- :at-Large John V. Chesson, traf- fic cpmmittee chairman, .and Deputy Police Chief Charles D. Chesson asked Harris what his thoughts were about appoint- traffic, coordinator. 'HarriV'said he' felt'; In New. Hampshire have' enough problems to warrant setting up the: office of, traffic engirieeh: A' traffic .engineer in.a city the' size of Nashua, he .isaid, would'be kept busy for'the first year', but after that would find little to do, Harris; said. He -added that traffic '.engi- neers, are not easy to come by, command a high salary and the expenses of setting up would involve a ;'tidy little sum." "I think the best bet Is to hire .a traffic engineer .on a, con- .suiting basis'for an agreed fee as the., cheaper "way. out-of .your Harris-said; 1 Chesson said by traffic, co-. ordinator he did not mean hir- ing of a traffic engineer. Rather, he said, the coordl- .nator would be in charge of the overall -maintenance of traffic devices. Hurley Asks Hurley questioned who would be in'charge of the forthcoming recommenda- tions of the TOPICS .survey. Chessoh -said 'the problem in city government is that ;there is no central authority, in charge of "changing light bulbs in traf- fic signals, seeing that then Ii a -regular maintenance program for traffic lights; taking note of a knocked down traffic sign arid having it reinstalled..." The traffic lights'is handled by Hurley. arid maintenance of traffic signs is handled by the Department of Public Works. Parking lots are under the jurisdiction of the traffic committee. Blumenthal, said: .Nashua's problems in terms .of a central- ized-traffic administration were not unusual and there are many manuals setting up organization- al'systems to overcome .this problem... He said in appointing a.traf- fic coordinator it was important that a person with -some tech- nical background in traffic con- trol be selected; And it'was also important, he said, that his authority be clearly defined. Mayor Reports Mayor Dennis who has threatened to veto a pro- po'sed ordinance to hire fie coordinator, said, the prob- 1