Potsdam village looks to fix potentially dangerous area for children at play
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 4:50 pm

By CRAIG FREILICH

POTSDAM -- The village is developing plans to assuage fears in one neighborhood where drivers could be jeopardizing children at play.

At the village Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 19 Haggerty Road resident John Gamble told trustees that he and many of his neighbors had discussed the problem and agreed that, while more children were out playing in the streets around Haggerty Road, Bradley Drive and Circle Drive than in recent years, more drivers seemed to be taking advantage of a couple of straight stretches in the roads there to make it a shortcut between Leroy Street and May Road while paying little attention to speed limits and without taking due care.

Gamble said then that there are drivers who “cut through this neighborhood from point A to point B as quickly as they can. It doesn’t happen a lot, but it only takes one,” he said.

He said he was not alone in his concern. He easily gathered 51 signatures from residents in the area for a letter to the board asking for help. “Everyone I approached was happy to sign it,” he said.

At a board meeting Monday night, Village Administrator Greg Thompson said the plan they were developing would include a three-way stop sign where Haggerty Road meets Bradley Drive, and another three-way stop sign at the north end of Circle Drive at Haggerty Road.

Thompson said they were also considering putting a couple of “Children at Play” signs along Bradley and Haggerty.

He said they would have a firm plan laid out soon, and that at the next meeting Nov. 20 there would be a resolution to set a hearing on the proposal for the first meeting next month, on Dec. 4.