Thursday, February 12, 2009
Pictures don't lie...
At last night's town board meeting, the new Highway Superintendent asked the town board to introduce a couple of Local Laws.
Normally, once the Local Laws are introduced and a resolution is approved by the Town Board, a Public Hearing is scheduled to give the public a chance to state their opinion, pro or con, BEFORE the placing of the signs.
One STOP sign is to be on Woods Highway at the intersection of Hartford Park Drive. Trouble is the STOP sign is already there and has been for quite some time.
Another STOP sign is to be placed within the Business Park at the intersection of Woods Park Drive and Hartford Park Drive. Hmmm! Those STOP signs are also already there and have been for quite some time along with a bunch of other STOP signs and speed limit signs within the Business Park.
According to the Highway Superintendent, Richard Sherman, the Public Hearing on the Local Law for the rest of the STOP signs will have to wait. Mr. Sherman told the town board that 911 would not accept the names that were chosen for the other roads in the business park because the names were too similar to other streets in New Hartford. But they are already there!!
There are even STOP signs and speed limit signs on private property...The Hartford.
There was no mention of the speed limit signs; the Town Board likewise has to hold a Public Hearing and pass a Local Law before they can legally place speed limit signs on Town roads. But the speed limit signs are already there within the Business Park. Oops! We would bet that this mess was Roger Cleveland parting gift to the Town leaving the new Highway Superintendent to do the 'clean-up'.
Are you thinking deja vous? Does this seem sort of like the $2.9 million bond anticipation notes, spend the money first then ask for voter approval. It's a pattern of this town board folks...but the majority of residents voted "YES" on the $2.9 million bond thus allowing the town board to think they can continue in this fashion.
Anyway, last night the Town Board approved the resolution to hold a Public Hearing that is scheduled for the next Town Board meeting on February 25, 2009. Be sure to attend if you live or regularly travel in that area because the Town Board wants your opinion on the placement of these signs...NOT!
By the way, until the Public Hearing and the Local Laws are adopted by the Town Board, the signs are unenforceable. If there should be an accident at one of those STOP signs, the liability will rest with the Town of New Hartford.