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Glen Cove delays action on 'speedway' known as 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

The Glen Cove City Council Monday night delayed for a second time votes aimed at reducing speeding on Dosoris Way and freeing up parking for residents on Pearl Street.

Six people who live and work on Dosoris spoke of cars regularly going far above the 30 mph limit on the half-mile street.

"I'd have to characterize it as a speedway," Edward Andrews, 70, said.

A proposed ordinance introduced at the Aug. 25 council meeting called for stop signs at the three-way intersection of Dosoris and Oak Lane.

But Deputy Police Chief Christopher Ortiz said that, after studying traffic on the street, officials concluded that dropping the speed limit to 25 mph would be more appropriate.

Of the more than 18,000 vehicles that traveled on eastbound Dosoris during a recent 17-day period, only 36 percent traveled at or below 30 mph, Ortiz said. About 28 percent went 36 mph and above, including 7 percent that traveled 40 mph or more.

But Andrews said greater police enforcement is the solution.

"I don't know if a speed reduction is going to do anything," Andrews said, adding that he rarely sees police on Dosoris.

Chris Barry, 47, liked the original idea of stop signs, saying they would cause drivers to slow down and make it more difficult to pick up speed.

"It's terrible to live there with the speeding that goes on that road," Barry said.

But Ortiz said state guidelines say that stop signs shouldn't be used for speed control.

The council also agreed to delay a vote on a proposed prohibition of parking on the west side of Pearl Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The legislation was a response to Pearl Street residents' complaints that nearby auto repair shops use their residential street to park cars for days.

But resident Michael Martino, 56, said that could make parking more difficult for residents.

Mike Sordi, an attorney for the owner of one of the repair shops, T&D Towing Corp., said there is not enough space at T&D for its customers and for all of the cars that are being repaired.

Before Tuesday's meeting, the council decided to delay a planned vote on a measure revising how contracts are awarded so the city's charter review commission could study it.

The proposed change would allow city officials to bypass the lowest bidder and use factors in addition to cost -- such as reliability, quality and efficiency -- to award contracts that are deemed as offering the "best value" for the city.

Current city law requires the city to accept the lowest bid that meets requirements of a project.

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