Noyac Pushes for Traffic Calming

Posted on 12 December 2008

The Noyac Civic Councl rambled through a broad agenda Tuesday, recapping and bringing themselves up-to-date on issues ranging from the hamlet’s community center to the garbage at Circle Beach.

With scheduled guest speaker Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi unavailable, civic council president Chuck Neuman offered his membership a list of about 20 topics.

First out of the box was the proposed community center, and Neuman said he intends to schedule a meeting with Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot to discuss the option of locating it on a parcel adjacent to Trout Pond. The council has had its eye on the property for more than two years, but were discouraged to learn that the town thought it too expensive to buy. Kabot, who was last month’s guest speaker, “left the door open,” said Neuman, when she suggested that the economic environment might force the owners to make the parcel more affordable.

“I want to make sure nothing was misspoken,” said Neuman of Kabot’s comments.

Tin Wilcoxen asked how the council would reach consensus on a location for the center, and Neuman said he would take a survey through the mail and e-mail, which he said could reach about 570 Noyac residents.

Wilcoxen also commented on the trash at Circle Beach, saying it was finally picked up this week, after the Thanksgiving weekend. She had commented at last month’s meeting that there was a rat problem caused by the garbage at the beach.

“Cecil Bill is our liaison for highway department matters,” said council board member Elena Loreto. “You should call him if you see the garbage isn’t picked up.”

Ralph DeSpigna asked about the traffic calming proposal in front of Cromer’s Market, saying he found the plan to build a median in the road confusing.

Neuman said they spent about a year-and-a-half discussing a hard structure, but the town has decided instead to simply paint the lines of a median on the road, in an effort to control traffic better at the busy shopping area.

“That has nothing to do with people pulling in and out of the parking lot,” said DeSpigna. “They need room.”

“Also,” added member John Anderson, “ the engineers are very reluctant to make changes.”

“That’s the crux of the matter,” agreed Neuman.

The council agreed to establish two committees, with Tom Loreto and John Anderson working on a revision of the council’s by-laws, and Ralph DeSpigna working on getting the council of the town’s agenda to discuss traffic calming.

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