The Oyster Bay Town Board Tuesday reduced the speed limit on the northern end of Cold Spring Road in Woodbury to satisfy residents' concerns about speeding on the poorly maintained thoroughfare.
The speed limit had been 40 mph and the board held a hearing on reducing it to 35 mph. But when residents said they thought that would not solve the problem, the board recessed, then came back and said it would change the proposal to 30 mph and approve it on the spot.
Usually the board reserves decision after a hearing and then votes at a later meeting. But Supervisor John Venditto said the board wanted to address the citizens' concerns immediately.
Cold Spring Road resident Mary O'Rourke Cashin told the board that all of the other major roads in the area have speed limits of 30 or 35 mph. "It doesn't seem to make sense to have 40," she said. "It's a residential road. It is used by pedestrians, joggers and bicycle clubs. It's noisy. It's dangerous."
She said there have been two fatal car accidents in that stretch of road in the last five years. "I think it should be 30" because there are two schools and a church on the road.
Neighbor Stephen Fruchtman added "There's an uneven surface between the road and the shoulder," along with potholes and blind spots. "There's no lights on the road. It's really a safety issue."
Venditto said, "I'm not sure why we're doing a half measure" before calling the recess.
After Nassau County Legis. Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) supported the residents' call for improvements on the county road, Venditto said he would work with her to get repairs made. "We will find the money to do this," he said.
After the board changed the resolution to read 30 mph and voted, Cashin told the board members: "Wow. Thank you."
At the start of the meeting, Venditto swore in former Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna Jr. to fill the open town clerk position and Michelle Johnson, an attorney from Lattingtown, to fill an open town board seat.
Altadonna resigned from the Massapequa Park village board Monday night. His replacement will be appointed July 24.