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TRAFFIC PROBLEMS MAPPED OUT FOR VILLAGE BOARD

Traffic problems dominated discussions during a meeting of the Lancaster Village Board Monday night.

One resident warned that truck traffic over residential streets in the northeast section of the village could result in a tragic accident.

"I tried going through the chain of command, but before somebody gets killed up there, you need to put signs up," said Jerry Owens, who presented the Council with a petition bearing 206 signatures.

Owens said said there are at least seven business in the neighborhood near Erie Street, a commercial roadway. However, he said large trucks have been using Brady, Newell and Vandenburg avenues, Cambria Street, other residential streets to reach area businesses. In particular, he pointed to New York State Electric & Gas Corp., which has a facility off Erie Street.

Owens said he favors posting signs to either bar truck traffic from residential streets in the neighborhood or clearly marking a truck route so drivers of heavy rigs won't enter the neighborhood.

Mayor William G. Cansdale, who also works for NYSEG, conceded the problem and noted the utility has sent notices to vendors, asking them to use the Erie Street entrance to the facility.

"We need to guide truckers through our community," Cansdale said.

The issue will be studied by the Council's Public Safety Committee.

In another issue, Albert Martin of the Lancaster Public Library asked Council members to save a pull-off area in front of the library when Broadway is reconstructed by the state Department of Transportation.

"I think it (eliminating the pull-off areas) would affect circulation if it was taken. People find it convenient to return things," Martin said.

However, Village Police Chief Gary Stoldt said a pull-off area from a major roadway isn't a good idea.

"It could be an accident waiting to happen -- I don't like it," Stoldt said.

Councilman Jeffrey J. Stribing noted the village's talks on the project with the DOT are in the preliminary stages.

"Maybe there's a possibility of relocating the drop-off to the rear of the building, and maybe we could get the DOT to pay for it," Stribing said.

The Council also passed a resolution allowing two-way traffic on Clark Street. Councilman Francis Stock noted that residents who responded to correspondence he sent out endorsed the change.

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