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Village to Install Romer Avenue Speed Bumps

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pleasantville Board of Trustees decided earlier this week to install speed bumps along Romer Avenue in order to combat speedy drivers, especially during school drop off and dismissal.

“We received some complaints from residents on Romer saying that they wanted the village to install some speed bumps on the street because of some safety concerns they had,” Village Administrator Patricia Dwyer said.

Romer Avenue is the main street that runs past the Mount Pleasant Public Library and entrance to the Pleasantville Middle School, ending at the Pleasantville High School. The street is also very close to the Bedford Road Elementary school.

Since the Pleasantville Union Free School District is a walking district without any public transportation, the street becomes crowded on a daily basis with cars and walking students in the morning during drop off and in the afternoon at dismissal. The village currently employs two part-time crossing guards in heavy traffic areas on Romer during these times, but Dwyer said speed bumps can help in ensuring the safety of their pedestrians.

As the village is in tough economic times with a state mandated 2 percent tax levy cap, Dwyer said the trustees are currently looking for the most cost effective way to install the speed bumps.

“We’re currently receiving estimates from companies on how much it is going to cost us,” Dwyer said. “Originally the residents there asked if we were going to do this if we could somehow make it a little more aesthetically pleasing so that it didn’t just look like a mound of asphalt on the ground, but we’re looking to do it in a way that can save us some money.”

Gil Hooley has lived on Romer Avenue for 40 years and said he did not complain to the village about speedy drivers. He added that they could use the money to improve the road in other ways.

“If the village is going to spend some money on this road they should use it to fix some of the pot holes that are all over the place,” Hooley said.

Dwyer said that resurfacing Romer is a project the trustees have planned for the future as well. They plan on having the speed bumps installed by the Spring season.

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