BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. -- A new group that intends to tackle traffic safety issues across the town of Bedford is scheduled to have its first meeting Wednesday, July 16.
The meeting of Bedford's Traffic Safety Working Group is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Katonah Village Library.
The group was formed by the Town Board at its June 17 meeting, according to the town's website, which describes its purpose as "to promote and encourage street and highway traffic safety; provide a sustained and systematic mechanism considering traffic safety concerns; and make reports and recommendations to the Town Board."
In a recent interview, Supervisor Chris Burdick discussed the origin of the group, which was based on public concerns. Burdick recalled hearing about speeding and traffic safety throughout town.
As an example, the supervisor mentioned a Town Board resolution last fall asking the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit for Route 172 from 40 mph to 30.
Traffic safety in the Cherry Street area, which straddles Katonah and Bedford Hills, is a significant topic for some, a Facebook group shows. The "Safer Cherry Street" group includes posts about incidents in the area, including speeding.
The meetings are open to the public and will be held in each hamlet, according to Burdick. A second meeting will be held in Katonah later this month, with the goal of evaluating suggestions and concerns given at the first meeting, according to Burdick. The hope is for recommendations to be made for the Town Board's consideration at its Aug. 5 meeting.
The committee includes Burdick, Councilwoman Mary Beth Kass, Police Chief William Hayes and Department of Public Works Commissioner Kevin Winn and Director of Planning Jeff Osterman. There is also room for representatives from each of the town's school districts and other community members.
Meetings in the fall will be in Bedford Hills and Bedford Village, Burdick confirmed.