Written by Jessica M. Semins Friday, 17 July 2009 07:16
The Village of Sea Cliff has a reputation for being a family-friendly community. Mayor Bruce Kennedy and the board of trustees discussed at a public meeting on July 11 an issue that many feel affects the safety of the children in the village. The section of Littleworth Lane bordering the Sea Cliff School playground has been deemed “a tragedy waiting to happen” in the words of several citizens. Although the section between Carpenter Avenue and Hansen Place is closed until 5 p.m. during the school year, the procedure does not extend to the summer months and several incidents of near accidents have already occurred. Trustee Brian Mannix pointed out that the children are used to the fact that the street is normally closed and are liable to run out into oncoming traffic. “Consistency for safety’s sake is, without a doubt, the best move here,” he remarked regarding the permanent closing of the section of Littleworth.
Parent Tammy White also advocated permanent closure and commented, “Children cannot be expected to know if it is 5 p.m. or 5:01 p.m. Risks are intensified in the summer when the road is constantly open for traffic. I would like to see this roadway abandoned…to create safer options for our children.”
Not all citizens shared the same sentiments. Sharon Collins said she is “opposed to closing the street permanently. The school moved the playground and then failed to educate the children about traffic safety,” she said. The playground, which used to be located on Franklin Avenue was moved a number of years ago to the Littleworth side. The village board has no jurisdiction to move the playground back to its original location as it is school district property, she suggested. Bob Haim also felt that the solution lies in parents and teachers taking a more proactive role in educating the children. “Being a street, it should be no more hazardous than any other,” he said. Solutions such as raised crosswalks, a permanent chain, and permanent closure were all brought up by concerned parents and citizens.
An additional problem on the street is compliance with the parking regulations. The board reached no conclusions regarding either issue but will instead continue a dialogue with a newly re-established safety committee and revisit the issue at a future village board meeting.
A resolution to extend the village cabaret license from one year to three years was passed. Currently the only establishment to maintain such a license in the village is Roots Restaurant.
Trustee Kevin White reminded the public of the importance of recycling in Sea Cliff. He remarked that the diligent efforts of many are being negated by contamination of the recycling vestibules with non-recyclables. Entire loads are rejected and treated as regular trash when they are bundled in plastic bags and mixed with items that need to be separated. Regulations are posted on the village website and available at Town Hall. The village is also currently discussing options that would benefit Sea Cliff with the company Recyclebank.
In June, there were 12 auto accidents and 16 aided cases other than auto reported. There were no burglaries, larcenies or robberies. Mayor Kennedy publicly commended the Fire Department and Public Works for their indefatigable endeavors in managing the situations that arose last week from the storm and power outage.