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Where We Live: Orchard Park

Orchard Park

Discussion about the “No turn on red” sign at Route 277 and Jewett Holmwood Road continues in Orchard Park.

Dan Coughlin of Misty Ridge said he likes the sign because it prevents collisions. Southbound vehicles that are turning from Route 277 onto Jewett Holmwood have an arrow allowing the left turn, but northbound cars waiting at the red light sometimes turned right at the same time, he said.

“I had a couple close calls,” he told the Town Board last week.

Supervisor Janis Colarusso said at a previous meeting her office turned over the request for the sign to the state Department of Transportation, which eventually posted the no turn on red sign. But motorists have complained recently about a backup because of the sign that blocks Ellicott Road.

Police Chief Mark Pacholec said his office is collecting data from the site, and in the meantime, the sign will stay.

“It’s probably going to be 30 to 45 days before we reach a conclusion,” he said.

Also this week:

• The Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St.

• The Town Board declared Friday “Housing Opportunities Made Equal Day” in the town.

• Cub Scouts from Pack 230 in Orchard Park have recognized Carol Pope as citizen of the year. In nominating her, Cub Scout Andrew Sovinski cited her efforts to increase safety on Timberlake Drive and her work to help beautify the community as a member of the Orchard Park Garden Club.