Stoplight Controversy Continues at Council Meeting
Residents asked the Town Council to consider moving the Central Avenue stoplight.
Residents once again implored members of the Town Council to move the pedestrian activated stoplight at Central Avenue and Clover Street at Tuesday evening's meeting.
Greg Kasko, a retired police officer, questioned statements made by Mayor Andy Skibitsky, who was absent, at a December Town Council meeting in which Skibitsky referenced 24 accidents at Central and Clover and nine accidents at Central and Cambridge.
According to Kasko, who has obtained and reviewed the reports in question, a number of the reported accidents did not occur at the previously stated locations.
"Mayor Skibitsky has steadfastly refused to produce his expert Mr. Meth and to when he said mid-block placement of the light was safer than at the corner," Kasko said. "The Mayor has never been able to explain why it was necessary to create two cul-de-sacs when the HAWK system installed does away with the need for any cul-de-sacs.
"I have pointed out the faulty facts given this Council to let the public understand the weak threads by which the Mayor maintains his position."
Though Kasko did not use his allotted 10 minutes during his time at the podium, when he returned later he was turned away by acting Mayor JoAnn Neylan, who, on the counsel of the town's attorney, said Kasko had exhausted his public comment portion of the evening.
Maria Carluccio and Adina Enclescu, who have attended Council meetings for the past 15 months to dispute the placement of the light, both addressed the Council and questioned why the town won't consider moving the stoplight.
The two cited the five accidents that have occurred within the past seven months as the main reason they would like to see the light moved.
"Parents don't allow children to cross the street alone," she said. "It's worse than it was before."
Enclescu, who has the light in front of her home, said cars have repeatedly pulled into her driveway mistaking it for a street, invading her privacy.
David Haas, the Council's lone Democrat, told Carluccio that the county has arranged for an expert to take a look at the safety of the intersection.