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Speeders on Martin Drive worry village PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN MORTON   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:54

Resident asks board for more permanent solution to dangerous problem

“I have to duck for my life,” is how resident Hristo Todorov described the anxiety he has while playing with his children on Martin Drive.
He told the Fredonia Village Board on Thursday, June 15, that eastbound cars speed into his subdivision, where the speed limit is 25 mph.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s dangerous,” he said. “People double the speed limit — plus. They go 50 or even 60.”
He asked the village to consider adding more speed-limit signs, or children-at-play signs, or warning signs. He said some of the existing speed-limit signs are blocked from view by overgrown tree branches.
But he also worried it wouldn’t be enough.
“I want a more permanent solution,” Todorov said. “The (previously used) electronic (speed limit) signs didn’t work.”
Village President Don Dohrwardt agreed that something should be done.
“That’s the worst part of Martin,” he said. “They come racing in from the town.”
Martin Avenue drops from 45 mph to 25 mph at the village limits, where it becomes Martin Drive. Before it becomes Martin Avenue, it’s called Fredonia-Kohler Road to the west.
Dohrwardt said the fact that part of Fredonia-Kohler is slated for construction work this summer makes it an ideal time to improve signage.
He suggested placing signs that warn of a speed reduction farther west, before a dip near the intersection of Fox Glen Road where cars pick up speed and can’t see signs ahead.
Dohrwardt said he’d work with the town for a solution. Meanwhile, he said the village pays close attention to where the town meets the village.
“We patrol that on a regular basis,” he said. “And I’d like to think the $180 fine will slow them down.”
Trustee Jill Bertram said a flashing “slow down, this is your speed” sign might help.
“That catches your attention,” she said.
But Village Marshal Mike Davel warned there will always be speeders.
“It might be beneficial to a certain segment of society, but there’s another segment that doesn’t care,” he said.

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