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City Council to vote on stricter 25-mph speed limit for Dosoris Way

A view from the three-way intersection of Dosoris

A view from the three-way intersection of Dosoris Way and Oak Lane in Glen Cove on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Credit: Steven Sunshine

Glen Cove officials have dropped a proposal to install stop signs at the three-way intersection of Dosoris Way and Oak Lane and instead are mulling a reduction in the speed limit along the entire length of Dosoris.

Some residents said the intersection is dangerous and that drivers regularly go above the 30-mph speed limit. Lt. Pat Wright said at the Aug. 25 City Council meeting that there have been two accidents at the intersection in the past year and several other accidents elsewhere on the half-mile-long, east-west Dosoris.

City Council members on Aug. 25 delayed a vote on the stop-sign proposal to study it further after concerns were expressed that the signs would slow vehicles going to nearby Glen Cove Hospital and that stop signs are not the best way to combat speeding.

"The rationale was to try the least-obtrusive method to calm traffic in the area," said Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ortiz. "Signs weren't made for traffic calming."

A public hearing and City Council vote on an ordinance to reduce the speed limit to 25 mph are scheduled for Monday's council meeting, which is due to begin at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. If the lower speed limit is adopted, city officials will evaluate whether stop signs or other further changes are necessary, Ortiz said.

The city has measured the speed of cars near the intersection and found that most drivers on Dosoris travel the speed limit, he said. "It's a small percentage [who speed], but it's a percentage that disturbs neighbors," Ortiz said.

The council Monday also is scheduled to hold public hearings and votes on two other measures held over from the Aug. 25 meeting.

One ordinance would allow city officials to bypass the lowest bidder in awarding contracts. The city could choose to make decisions based upon "best value," which includes factors such as quality, reliability and efficiency, and cost.

The other ordinance would prohibit parking on the west side of Pearl Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The proposed restriction came about after complaints that auto repair shops use the residential street to park cars for days on end.

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