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Lancaster again debates striping on Lake Avneue

An engineer told Lancaster officials Monday that the village had leeway to address the controversial restriping of Lake Avenue and could choose to leave the double yellow line where it is, relocate it more toward the east, or remove it altogether.

Public Works Superintendent William Cansdale and Deputy Mayor Kenneth O’Brien III met with engineer Curt Krempa from Nussbaumer & Clarke whom they said gave them that assessment Monday morning.

The debate over Erie County’s recent restriping of Lake Avenue continued during Village Board meeting Monday night. The section of Lake running between Broadway and Franklin Street has drawn attention because street parking is allowed in that area and the restriped lines are forcing motorists to cross the double yellow line to go around the parked cars.

Trustee Dawn Robinson favors a more thorough review and gleaning public input from residents at a public hearing set for 7:15 p.m. Nov. 17. She wants the issue studied by the village’s Public Safety Committee.

“I would love to hear residents’ input first-hand,” Robinson said. “I think this needs a more thorough analysis.”

The next step is for the village to hear from the public Nov. 17.

Robinson insisted that problems cited last week resulted form the adjusted location of the striping – such as a broken mirror on a van and other issues – are happening village-wide on other streets and cannot be proven to be directly caused by the restriping done over the summer.

“There’s no proof that moving the stripe will make it safer or prevent mirrors from being knocked off,” Robinson said. “Some suggest we go back to no parking” on the street.

Trustee Russell Sugg was just as firm in his position, saying Lake Avenue residents are demanding the striping be changed back to what it had been.

The larger issue the village faces is that the Lake Avenue situation is pointing out just how inadequate village streets are to move the heavy traffic in the community, which has seen substantial growth.

“Our roads have never seen this kind of use in the past,” Trustee William Schroeder said. “There’s just too much traffic for village streets.”

Some village streets, like Aurora, have had striping; while others do not have any.

James Coburn of Franklin Street addressed the topic Monday.

“The bottom line is it’s about courtesy driving,” said Coburn, who has lived in the community for more than 20 years. “No one is going to see stripes in the snow … I think we just have got to use common sense. You just have to be cautious.”

Robinson told Sugg that he has made “a mountain out of a mole hill” over the Lake Avenue issue.

“We now need to look at a bigger issue, and not make a hasty decision,” she said. “We need better data.”

O’Brien said that moving the striping farther east could make it more difficult for school buses traveling through that area.