Chittenango youths are afraid they will be killed by speeding cars while playing near their homes. That was the message Mayor Bob Freunscht brought away from a visit to a local elementary school and to the village board of trustees' meeting May 22.
"I'd like to change the speed limit on all village streets, except the main thoroughfares like Lakeport and Tuscarora roads," Freunscht said.
Freunscht said village streets are too close and populated to maintain the 30-mph and greater speed zones.
"My thought is that we should leave it alone for some of the main thoroughfares, though," Freunscht said.
Lakeport Road, Tuscarora Road and similar areas were among those Freunscht said should remain as they are.
"Kids think they are going to get killed riding their bikes in their neighborhoods," Freunscht said.
Freunscht said the process after enacting a new local law reducing the speed limit would involve a 60-day "educational" period where first-time violators would be handed a card from the board detailing the reason for the new, lower speed limit.
"It would explain that we are trying to keep our children safe," Freunscht said. "Our children's safety is our foremost priority."
Freunscht said he believes 15 mph is too fast on some village streets.
"But the state says we can't go any lower than 25 [mph]," Freunscht said.
"Some of them are town, county and state roads," said Department of Public Works Superintendent Ray Snyder.
Village attorney Paul Iaconis confirmed Snyder's information.
Snyder said it will cost the village $1,500 to purchase 60 signs with the new speed limit on them.
In other business
The owner of the village's manufactured home park was served with a notice of hearing.
"I met with him last week and served him the papers at the same time," Freunscht said. "I told him it probably would be a good thing by the hearing if changes were made by then [to meet the requirements enumerated by the village]."