YORK – There will be one final public meeting on the Town and County’s extensive plans to improve safety and access for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians given the town’s heavy truck traffic.
According to a press release from the Livingston County Planning Department, the meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the York Central School District’s elementary school cafeteria at 2578 Genesee St., Retsof, NY, 14539. The meeting will focus on the Hamlet of Greigsville Transportation Safety and Access Improvement Plan.
“The Town and its partners on the Steering Committee have worked hard to identify solutions that make sense for Greigsville,” said York Town Supervisor Jerry Deming. “We have taken what we heard from those who live, own businesses, and go to school here and identified potential alternatives to address long-standing traffic issues, including those resulting from the large number of trucks that pass through our community. We’re asking those affected by these issues to come out on Nov. 14 to tell us what they think of these proposed solutions and let us know how we can make them better.”
So far, talks have identified ways to connect the Genesee Valley Greenway Trail with the Groveland Secondary Trail via a new multi-use path. Concerns are mostly focused on the ‘significant amount of truck traffic’ that travels through the Hamlet, creating conflicts and potentially unsafe conditions for residents, York Central School District students, and customers patronizing businesses. Plans have been worked on by the Town of York, Livingston County, local stakeholders and regional and state transportation officials. The meeting is intended to now open the floor to York’s residents, businesses, and others for feedback on potential road projects.
“Effecting real change to improve transportation safety and access in Greigsville is dependent on a wide variety of perspectives coming together to actively engage each other in a meaningful way,” said Angela Ellis, Livingston County Planning Director. “The cooperative nature in which the proposed projects have been developed by the local, regional, and state representatives on the Steering Committee has been exemplary. This has resulted in realistic options that the public can review and comment on to make sure it fits their needs and wants as the most important stakeholders in the community.”
The area covered by the Plan is centered by the intersection of NYS Rtes. 63 and 36 and includes the York Central School District campus, a ‘major focal point’ for the entire York community.
“Enforcement alone isn’t enough to solve the issues resulting from speeding and other driving infractions that occur in Greigsville or anywhere else in the County,” said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty. “Helping us to change behavior by implementing infrastructure improvements that allows those driving, bicycling, or walking to travel in a safer manner is absolutely critical. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office stands ready to partner with the Town to improve safety and quality of life in Greigsville.”
In-person participation is encouraged. The Steering Committee overseeing the Plan is holding this public meeting because it is believes that community input is ‘absolutely essential to identifying the best solutions that meet Greigsville’s needs.’ The committee includes representatives from the Town, local property owners, York Central School District, Livingston County Planning Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee Transportation Council, and New York State Department of Transportation. The Plan is being funded with federal transportation planning funds provided through the Genesee Transportation Council’s Unified Planning Work Program.
Members of local and count government are available to answer questions in the days leading up to the meeting.
Deming is available by email at email@example.com or by phone at (585)243-3128, ext. 3.
Ellis is available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (585)243-7550.
Senior Planner David Paoletta is available by email email@example.com or by phone at (585)243-7550.
Comments may be sent to the consultant retained by the Town and County by email at Richard.Perrin@tylin.com with ‘Improve Greigsville!’ as the subject line or by mailing to:
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