10-11-2016 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #5


Title
Recognition of Brevard County Commission and Staff Regarding South Courtenay Parkway Sidewalk Relocation Project

Discussion

On May 24, 2016, the School Board authorized entering into an Interlocal Agreement with Brevard County to relocate the sidewalk along South Courtenay Parkway near Tropical Elementary School to improve safety for school children and parents using the sidewalk.

The sidewalk adjacent to South Courtenay Parkway between Brandy Lane and Moore Avenue was very close to the road. Tropical Elementary School has a large number of children (some accompanied by parents) who walk or ride their bicycle to and from school using this sidewalk. Conflicts occur because parents in vehicles also used this area, either parking on the sidewalk or very close to the sidewalk to wait in line to pick up their children. The situation was a longstanding safety concern.

Since South Courtenay Parkway is under the jurisdiction of Brevard County. District staff and Brevard County staff worked together to develop a plan to relocate the sidewalk farther away from the road. Brevard County Commission Chair, Jim Barfield, representing District 2, also supported the project and brought it to the Commission for approval of the Interlocal Agreement.

The project was designed by Bussen Mayer Engineering Group (Merritt Island, Florida) and constructed by the Brevard County Public Works Department. Brevard County and the School Board each contributed 50% of the project cost (approximately $100,000 each). Because of the County's work on the project the cost was reduced providing greater value to the taxpayers as well as improved safety for students and others who use the sidewalk. County staff completed the project over the summer so it was ready when school opened.

The partnership between Brevard County and the School Board is expected to continue on additional projects. A sidewalk project serving Imperial Estates Elementary School is planned for construction later this year. The project includes a sidewalk in the public right of way as well as a small segment on the school's property. The Brevard County Public Works Team is planning to construct both segments with the District contributing the cost of the segment on the school site.

 



Recommendation
Recognize and thank Brevard County Commission Chair, Jim Barfield (District 2), and Brevard County staff for their partnership on the South Courtenay Parkway sidewalk relocation project.  

Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 10/11/2016

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Susan Hann, P.E., Director of Planning and Project Management 321 633 1000 ext. 446