Safety first

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Dear Ira Besdansky,

I am writing in regards to the article in the Jan. 25 Photo News in which you stated: “The owners of the laundromat and Wally’s Ice Cream submitted letters to the Planning Board that stated their support in June 2016.”

You indicated that the owner of Wally’s had concerns that he wanted addressed.

As the owner of Wally’s, I revealed my ongoing concerns at the Village Board Meeting on Jan. 15. The road that has been proposed at the Gilbert Street Extension not only crosses the Heritage Trail but through my parking lot and the laundromat as well.

The original discussion was a one-way road connecting 17M to the Y. At the Village Board meeting, when I had an opportunity to finally see the plans proposed by the DOT, it was for a two-way egress.

It was also noted that with the addition of the expansion the projected membership could increase by 2,500 people.

If that happens, the traffic would substantially impact myself and the other businesses in the area in a negative manner.

Traffic has already increased with the addition of Crystal Run which opened in November 2016 (several months after I submitted my letter) and could also be affected by the completion of the Smith Farm project on Gilbert Street.

On any given Friday afternoon, traffic is already backed up well past the Museum Village Commuter lot.

With these additions, I no longer support the road because of the ongoing safety issues it could present.

Cars going through my parking lot and across the Heritage Trail where children are playing on my property and people are using the trail for recreational purposes could have some tragic outcomes.

I commend the Village Board for not immediately making a decision until they have reviewed all the information.

As much as I can appreciate the Y wanting to expand the facility to better serve the community, it does not seem that the safety and traffic increase of Monroe is your primary concern.

I understand the financial issues that you are currently facing, but this proposed solution seems to only benefit the Y and no other businesses in the surrounding area.

I am hoping that all parties involved can come to an understanding where safety comes first.

Pete DeLeo

Wally’s II Ice Cream Parlor

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