COOPERSTOWN - Over the last couple years there have been 12 accidents at the corner of Glen Avenue and Grove Street in Cooperstown. Village Trustee Richard Sternberg proposed making it a four-way stop, but the measure was voted down in favor of having the State Department of Transportation assess the intersection and report back with their recommendation.
Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh tells NewsChannel 2 the Village has removed some shrubbery to make the intersection clearer, but wants to be certain they're doing everything they can to make the intersection safe.
"We know it’s not the intersection with the most accidents in our community, according to our police department, for reported incidents, but it is one that does concern us, and if we can resolve these issues with the DOT, then we think that it’s certainly something that we’re going to address."
The Cooperstown Police Department is now monitoring the area and issuing tickets to those who are speeding. Officer Terrell Silvera talked about why the main concern is public safety.
"The last two involved personal injuries, and we need to get people to know that they need to slow down when they’re coming through the Village. The Village speed limit is 30 miles per hour everywhere in the Village, so when you’re coming down - you’re headed south on 28 - just make sure that you’re slowing down, watching your speed."
Tillapaugh says the Village even put up a speed monitoring sign that warns travelers if they’re going too fast.
"To just give people an indication of the speed they’re traveling, and to encourage them to be at 30 miles an hour when they enter the Village."
The Village Board is hoping the State DOT has a completed study by their next meeting, which is scheduled for August 26th.