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Canton Town Council concerned about safety near Route 27 curve

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CANTON — Concerned about potential traffic accidents, the Town Council on Monday discussed the idea of installing a four-way traffic light near the intersection of County Route 27, County Route 32 and Sykes Road.

The curve off County Route 27 has been problematic for years, partly because a tall hedgerow at the edge of a homeowner’s property limits visibility for drivers. There are also large trees there and motorists have a tendency to drive too fast there.

Town Councilman Paul F. Backus said a mirror was installed by the town to improve sight distance, but some residents are still worried about the chance of a serious or fatal accident.

“In the end we still have a safety problem at that corner,” Mr. Backus said.

Councilman James T. Smith said he thought installing a four-way traffic light would draw opposition from many people, but Town Highway Superintendent Terry A. Billings said he didn’t find the idea far-fetched.

“A four-way stop isn’t a bad idea. We’ve done the best we can there, and I don’t want to see someone get killed,” Mr. Billings said.

The council agreed to ask the state police safety unit at Ray Brook to examine the curve and make recommendations.

In other news, the board received a petition signed by about 30 residents of Pink School House Road urging town officials to repave their road because it has several large potholes.

Armond E. Spencer and his wife, Anne M., 545 Pink School House Road, said some motorists are traveling in the middle of the road to avoid potholes and several neighbors are worried about accidents.

“No one was reluctant to sign the petition,” Mr. Spencer said. “You’d make a lot of folks very happy if the Pink School House Road was improved.”

Although potholes have been patched over the year, it’s been several years since the entire road was repaved, the couple said.

The Pink School House Road is not scheduled for improvements this year, according to the project list prepared by Mr. Billings and approved by the Town Council.

Town Supervisor David T. Button and the rest of the Town Council agreed to consider improving the road if extra funds are available from this year’s road projects.

“We may have a little more to play with than we thought we had. Maybe we can do something this fall,” Mr. Button said.

In his written report, Recreation Director John S. Taillon said there were 281 kayak rentals this summer at Taylor Park, which generated $1,405 in revenue. This compares with 300 rentals and $1,500 in revenue in 2012. In 2011 there were 212 rentals generating $1,060 in revenue.

The Recreation Department plans to begin making ice at the Canton Recreation Pavilion the week of Sept. 23, with the skating season expected to start Sept. 28.

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