Exeter City Council to discuss C St. closure

Public hearing is set for March 13 meeting; location has yet to be announced

At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Exeter City Council set a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 to discuss the possible closure of C Street between Chestnut Street and Kaweah Avenue (Highway. 65).

The City of Exeter was approached by representatives from the Exeter Elementary School District about the potential opportunity to abandon a portion of C Street after the council denied their request to close Clarence Street in 2005. The District was interested in abandoning Clarence Street in an effort to expand the physical size of the current Lincoln School campus.

The C Street option surfaced when it was discovered that abandoning a portion or all of this street could expand the physical size of the campus, eliminate a difficult intersection and slow down traffic on C Street on the east side of school. Abandonment could range from simply closing the access of C Street onto Kaweah Avenue with a barrier of some type, to vacating the entire segment from Chestnut to Kaweah.

The decision by the City Council is merely a starting block in what is sure to be a long process. &#8220The city will address the issue of whether or not to close the street. If that occurs, in whatever format, the school board will have to hold a public hearing and decide what action they are going to take. There will be a whole other process,” said Exeter City Attorney, Steve Kabot.

Residents who live on C Street and the entire community are invited to make their comments and concerns known. The location of the hearing had not been announced as of press time. The public should call the City of Exeter closer to the scheduled date of the public hearing for more information at 592-9244.

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