Rt. 52 turns have Town Board concerned
The Newburgh Town Board Wednesday night complained that the New York State Department of Transportation is being shortsighted in refusing to go along with the board’s request for turn restrictions at Route 52 and Old South Plank Road.
“It’s a safety factor,” Councilman George Woolsey Sr. said in reaction to word that the DOT refused the Town’s request to restrict left turns off Route 52 onto Old South Plank Road and off Old South Plank Road onto Route 52.
Town Board members feel that limited sight distance make turns at the intersection too dangerous. The board wanted to institute no left turns at both of the locations.
The DOT said it wanted the Town to go back to the residents to assure that there were no objections to the Town’s request.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Greene objected to additional surveys being conducted of residents in that location.
“We’ve petitioned them to death,” she said.
The board agreed to ask residents whether they approve of the turn restrictions, stopping short of holding a public hearing or sending out special letters.
In other business, the Town Board agreed to change the language on an agreement allowing three lots on a common drive when the property owner agreed to restrict the third lot to single-family residency.
The owner of Orchard Properties Inc. objected to language permanently forbidding the third of the three lots to ever be used as a two-family home despite the fact that the lot is zoned two-family. The owner said he had no such plans but a future owner might want to develop the lot to its zoned potential.
The owner and the board agreed to a compromise changing the language of the approval that will now require a separate driveway be included if the lot becomes a two-family residence.
The board also gave its permission for the Police Department to accept the gift of funds from an unidentified local businessman that would enable the town to purchase two K-9s. Included in the board’s approval was permission to start the dogs in 6-week narcotics detection classes.
The town will now begin the interview process for two officers to be promoted in rank as handlers of the new dogs with an appropriate bump in pay. The handlers will not come from supervisors, Chief Michael Clancy said.
Greene said she has been “pushing” to add the K-9s to the police force.
By ALLAN GAUL