Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei met with residents and members of the Chickahominy Neighborhood Association at Hamilton Avenue School on Friday to discuss school and road safety concerns.
Residents voiced their concerns ranging from speed limit regulations to disruptive conduct on and around school grounds. Many tell us when vehicles drive down St. Rock from Hamilton Avenue, they tend to speed through the crosswalk.
"Right now it's pure ignorance," said Allison Radezin. "Four out of five cars blow right through it because there's not very visible signage. I think there could be some blinking lights or some cones."
"Tractor trailers that come from exit 2 to central Greenwich, when they should actually get off at exit 3," said Sylvester Pecora, President of the Chickhominy Neighborhood Association. "They do the same thing in reverse. They go to exit 2 on Hamilton Avenue instead of going to exit 3 to get on."
Tesei says he plans on presenting the speed limit issue to the Department of Public Works Engineering to see if a potential proposal could be approved by the state traffic commission's standards.
"We have to work with our public works department to see where we can implement restrictions because anything that we look to impose has to gain approval from the state, that includes anything like speed limits, we have to consider at the board of selectman level because the board of selectmen is the traffic authority, but then it has to get approved by the state."
Radezin added, "When the crossing guard is here at the particular hours right before school or right after school, then he stops all the traffic, but the problem is, a lot of kids have to come early for music programs or they're here late for an after school club and the crossing guard isn't here then."
Staff and residents say they have witnessed an increased amount of drug dealings on school grounds. Tesei says one solution would be to install surveillance cameras around areas of concern.
"A couple of cameras well positioned in highly prone areas for vandalism and drugs, I think will deter it. Also if it could be tied into the police so they could monitor it, that would give them an added tool."