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Eden hoping to reduce speed limit on Schoolview Road

Drivers may be forced to slow down on the road leading to schools in the Town of Eden if a proposal gains state approval.

The Town Board on Wednesday night endorsed a request from the Eden Central School District to reduce the speed limit on Schoolview Road from 35 to 25 mph in preparation for the change in school bus pickups.

Board members will await the state Department of Transportation’s ruling. As a Class B town with fewer than 10,000 residents, Eden cannot change speed limits without state authorization.

Supervisor Glenn Nellis hopes to receive notification soon.

“It’s hard to tell the time frame,” he said. “We hope to have communication within a week.”

When the school year begins next Thursday, the district’s buses will no longer pick up Schoolview Road residents in front of their homes. To reduce the transportation budget, the district has established group pickups for those students.

In addition to group pickups on Main Street, which already existed, the district has created six group pickup sites on nearby streets.

Parents have voiced concerns about vehicles’ speed on Schoolview Road. More students will walk down the road in the upcoming school year.

Grover L. Priess Primary School, which houses prekindergarten through second grade, and Eden Junior-Senior High School, which contains grades seven through 12, are located on the road. Third- through sixth-graders attend Eden Elementary School at Main Street and Schoolview Road.

School Superintendent Sandy Anzalone, who attended the meeting, expressed her appreciation of the Town Board’s cooperation. “It’s been a wonderful experience of the school and town working together,” she said afterward.

To improve safety further, the board may seek a turning lane or signal to deter drivers from passing other vehicles on the road’s shoulder.

“We will propose it to the state,” Nellis said.

Officials also authorized replacing the communications tower behind Town Hall for nearly $40,000. The tower sustained damage from a lightning strike Aug. 2.

The town’s Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency and Rescue Squad use the tower. “That’s also a backup for our main repeater,” Nellis said.

The board voted 4-0 on each item. Mary Lou Pew was absent.