Amityville trustees have approved a bill closing Wellington Place to northbound traffic, a move intended to reduce what residents and village officials say is dangerous cut-through traffic on the village street.
The trustees passed the measure on Monday by a 5-0 vote.
Drivers unwilling to wait at the traffic light at Oak Street and Route 110 often use the street as a shortcut, speeding up to Railroad Avenue before turning onto Route 110.
“Something has to be done,” said resident Ken Kline. “It’s out of control.”
Wellington Place residents said tradesmen, cabbies and sometimes school bus drivers violate the 25 mile per hour speed limit there. Pleas to slow down, the residents told the trustees, are often met by obscene gestures.
Kline and several neighbors asked the trustees to block off the road entirely, with a dead end at Railroad Avenue, but trustees showed little enthusiasm for that proposal after Fire Department officials said it would block emergency vehicle access to the Wellington Park Villas apartments.
Wellington Place residents loudly and overwhelmingly rejected a suggestion from trustees that a speed bump might slow traffic, saying it would only create noise.
Lindy’s Taxi manager Tyrone Williams offered expert corroboration: cabbies don’t care “about speed bumps because they don’t own the car,” he said.
He’s spoken to his own drivers, he said, but several cab companies do business in the village, and some drivers may ignore the Village Board’s best efforts. “One way sounds nice, but I’ve seen cabs that don’t pay attention” to signs, he said.
Speeding appears to be an endemic problem in many South Shore neighborhoods in the village. Bayview and South Bayview Avenue residents likened those streets to the “Indianapolis raceway” Monday night, and earlier this month Babylon Village residents complained that Fire Island Avenue was being used as a drag strip.
Trustees on Monday also approved by 5-0 votes two long-awaited bills intended to give the village greater powers against vacant or derelict structures.
One lets the Village Board order repairs; another establishes a registry for buildings that are empty for 120 days or longer. The laws both will carry substantial fines, but the registration law will include an exemption for snowbirds and others who can prove the property is being maintained.