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Residents near OLV seek device to halt cars

Senior citizens who live in an apartment complex across from Our Lady of Victory Basilica are asking Lackawanna city officials to implement new traffic control devices so they can more easily cross the street for Mass.

The executive director of Delta Development of Western New York, citing concerns of residents of Victory Ridge Apartments at 55 Melroy Ave., proposed in a letter to Mayor Norman L. Polanski Jr. that a blinking light at the corner of Melroy and Ridge Road be equipped with a control device that would stop vehicle traffic on Ridge and allow pedestrians enough time to cross the street.

In addition, a striped crosswalk and lower traffic speeds were proposed for Melroy.

"The seniors have also reported that cars traveling on Melroy go very fast in front of their main entrance making it difficult to cross the street to their parking lot," wrote Bernadette Harlan, executive director of Delta Development, property manager for the Victory Ridge Apartments.

In a letter dated Aug. 18, Harlan requested that the speed limit be lowered to 10 mph on Melrose Avenue.

Polanski referred the request to the City Council, which voted Monday to send it to the city's traffic safety advisory board for further review.

It appears unlikely that the traffic control device will be added.

The Council recently voted on a measure that would remove the traffic light at Melroy and Ridge, as part of a larger project funded in part by a state grant to improve traffic flow along Ridge. The Council voted unanimously on Sept. 6 to award a $616,436 contract for the Ridge Road Traffic Signal Implementation to the low bidder, South Buffalo Electric Co.

In other business

*The Council voted Monday to award Kirst Construction a $526,000 contract to rehabilitate fire stations 1 and 2.

A $374,764 contract for renovation of fire station 3 was awarded Aug. 25 to Patrick Construction, which was scheduled to begin work on Monday.

Preconstruction work for stations 1 and 2 could start as early as next week, said Thomas Love, commissioner of public works.

*City officials announced that they have started working with Erie County officials on an updated hazard mitigation plan.

The plan must be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by Nov. 1.

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