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Lancaster Village Board learns it has options on road striping

An engineer told Lancaster officials Monday that the village has leeway to address the controversial restriping of Lake Avenue. It could choose to leave the double yellow line where it is, relocate it to the east of the north-south street to provide better balance for street parking in the southbound lane, or remove it altogether.

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

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

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 firsthand,” Robinson said. “I think this needs a more thorough analysis.”

Robinson insisted that suggestions last week by some that problems – such as a broken mirror on a van and a knocked down sign – are not necessarily due to the restriped lines. Rather, she said, similar things are happening village-wide on other streets, and cannot be proven to be directly linked to 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, she added.

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.”