Guests: Chris Nuzzi, Nancy Grabowski, Tom Nealy, Amy Halsey, Officer
Tom Schmidt and Captain Anthony Tenaglia
The meeting was entirely devoted to the subject of traffic control in Bridgehampton, in particular, the “back roads”. Several local citizens made comments and observations regarding speeding vehicles on Butter Lane, Lumber Lane , Scuttlehole, Millstone, Ocean and Lockwood and other roads in Bridgehampton.It was agreed that the problem is largely the result of folks using the back roads to escape the heavy traffic on Montauk Highway, especially in the summer months. It was also agreed that the problem is exacerbated by the fact that many of our roads have no shoulders, have curves that are not conducive to high speeds and bushes and hedges that may create some “blind spots”.The CAC is asking the police department to have more of a presence in Bridgehampton as we believe the amount of traffic on our back roads is apt to increase each year and residents and non-residents alike are apt to drive at unsafe speeds unless there is a deterrent. We recognize that all of our police officers have many duties in addition to traffic control. Further we realize that budgetary concerns may limit an increase in police staffing. To that point we would argue that the safety of our citizens and the quality of life in our villages should be given high priority. It was suggested that, to lessen the cost, the town should consider using part-time auxiliary officers and give them the authority to issue tickets for speeding violations and have them position their vehicles on our back roads rather than in the center of town or at our beaches.