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Bellport Village Traffic Study

February 25, 2019

On Monday, February 11, 2019, a Village Board work session was held in the conference room in Village Hall on Bellport Lane to discuss the results of the Traffic Study the Village Board had commissioned to study traffic problems in Bellport Village. If you’re a full time resident, part time resident or visitor to Bellport Village, I’m sure you’re well aware of the speeding and reckless driving that takes place on South Country Road, Station Road and at or near the four corners in town.

I’m attaching a recording of the presentation and the illustrations that were presented, but I’ll give you the bottom line now... In my opinion, the meeting was a waste of time and money (the Village Board never said how much money) and didn’t tell us anything that all of us don’t already know. There’s excessive speeding on South Country Road, Station Road, and many of the side streets and there have been many accidents at some of the key corners in town, particularly at the four corners. Duh!

Click here to listen to a recording of the meeting.

Click here for the illustrations presented.

In particular, there were no specific, workable solutions offered. Enforcement of the speed limits would help, but because the Village gave up the right to give out speeding tickets, we’re reliant on Suffolk County for enforcement and they don’t have the staff to do the job here in the Village.

It was suggested that changing the shape of many of the street corners might help, but it might also aggravate things. Putting planters or islands in the middle of many of the Village streets would slow people down by creating an obstacle course or slalom course, but the Village Board correctly felt the residents would never accept that solution.

Frankly, I wasn’t surprised that no workable solutions were offered. Like the Sewer Study before it, the company that conducted the Traffic Study seemed to have not spent much time getting to know Bellport Village. For instance, they had no idea that there is a traffic problem, particularly in the afternoons and on Saturdays, at the entrance and exit to the CVS parking lot. They also didn’t seem to know that there are bus stops in town that would prevent some of the redesigning of street corners they suggested, but you can listen to them yourself and draw your own conclusions.

Before I finish, I’d like to make one last point. Besides members of the Village Board, a few Village employees, and a representative from the company that conducted the traffic study, there were only three people in the audience. There was myself and my wife, full time residents of the Village with a home on South Country Road, and I believe a reporter from the Long Island Advance who I don’t believe is a Village resident, but I’m not sure. That’s it, only two Village residents who live on the street with the most speeding and the most accidents. After the conclusion of the meeting, my wife politely asked if she could ask a question and was told, NO by Mayor Fell. Here, listen for yourself!

Click here to listen to the recording.

And the Board wonders why residents don’t attend Village Board work sessions... Or, is that the plan???

Now, by NY State law, the Village Board is absolutely within their rights to not allow questions from the public at Village Board work sessions. It’s up to the Board. They can allow questions or not allow questions, but isn’t this one of the dumbest things you’ve ever heard of? A Village resident isn’t allowed to ask a question regarding an issue that directly affects her at a meeting with only three in the audience and two of them members of the press? Is this the communications and transparency the Village Board is always babbling about?




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Sincerely, 

Larry Sribnick
Larry Sribnick
Editor/Publisher, Bellport.com, LLC