TRENTON – The state Capitol Joint Management Commission approved an agreement between the Department of Environmental Protection and Mercer County on the Petty’s Run excavation project.
Before it did though, some details were discussed regarding the future fence of the site.
A project official recommended the site have a cable mesh fence instead of the one commission members eyed, which is a wrought iron fence similar to the one at nearby Thomas Edison State College. The officials said the wrought iron fence gives it a “prison-like” appearance, and the cable mesh fence would probably be less expensive. The official added that cable mesh fences were found at other public recreational sites, such as the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, the Boston Children’s Museum and Morris Arboretum in Morris County.
However, State Police prefer the wrought iron fence, largely for security purposes, in that potential vandals couldn’t easily jump the 12-foot-tall structure. They added that unlike the other places project officials mentioned, Petty’s Run would be a 24-hour concern.
Project officials said the project is currently coming in under budget. They said that $820,000 was earmarked for the project, and thus far, estimates show the project could be completed at $758,000.
Officials said the leftover funds could go toward further enhancing the project, which could include lowering of the walkway, additional lighting. and better accessibility for handicapped visitors.