continued Also at the village board meeting last week, Mayor Hubbard said the trustees had received several letters from village residents sharing their concerns about traffic issues at the intersection at Kane Avenue and West Genesee Street, and voicing their support for the installation of a three-color traffic light there.
The trustees last month petitioned the state Department of Transportation for a three-color light to replace the current flashing yellow light.
In a July 18 letter to the agency, Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne cited “a number of complaints” the board has received from village citizens about traffic congestion at the intersection, and also referenced the concerns of the fire department in their difficulty leaving the fire station for emergency calls when cars are backed up at the light.
The DOT responded that its traffic engineers would conduct another review of the intersection, keeping in mind the village’s concerns.
The trustees are continuing their campaign for a three-color light, however, and soon will send a package of evidence to bolster their case for the need of a different traffic signal at the intersection. The package will include residents’ submitted letters as well as a letter of concern from Fire Chief Eric Sell, which he said would also include photos of traffic congestion at the intersection.
Once Sell submits his photos, the package will be sent to the DOT, Hubbard said.
Police Chief Lloyd Perkins previously suggested that the fire department point one of its currently unused video cameras at the intersection to record the traffic backups, which could then be shown to the DOT. Sell told the trustees on Aug. 18 that he had not yet taken that action.
In other business at the meeting:
—Mayor Hubbard announced that restoration of the Burrows Chapel roof is nearly completed. He read aloud a letter the of appreciation the board sent to Bob and Chris Neumann, owners of Erie Materials, and to C.J. Marley Construction, who is doing the roof work, both of whom made generous donations to the village in order for the chapel to be restored. A public ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Burrows Chapel to celebrate the restoration and to thank everyone who contributed to the project.