Hillsdale seeks lower speed limits on town roads

HILLSDALE–The Hillsdale Town Board last week unanimously passed resolutions that seek reduced speed limits on County Route 21 and state Route 22.

The roads that would be impacted are:

• On county Route 21 from Hunt Road to Route 22 the limit would be reduced to 35 mph and from Hunt Road to the hamlet of Harlemville the limit would be 45 mph

• State Route 22 from Schutts Road to Old Town Road (near the firehouse) would be a 45 mph zone; the speed limit from Old Town Road through the Hillsdale hamlet to the Copake town line would be lowered to 30 mph.

The process calls for the speed limit change requests to be forward to the county Highway Department for review, then forwarded to the state Department of Transportation, which inspects the affected sections before deciding whether to authorize any changes.

Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski said after the meeting that the reduced speeds fit with the large state sidewalks project designed to improve sidewalks and traffic flow in and around the hamlet. One feature of that project will be new crosswalks at the intersection of state Routes 22 and 23.

Also at the meeting the board voted, again unanimously, to approve the purchase of a new pickup truck by the town Highway Department, not to exceed $40,000.

In other business at the December 13 meeting town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski made several announcements:

• The culvert work along Route 22 has been completed

• The town Green Solutions Committee will disband and its responsibilities will be assumed by the Climate Smart Task Force

• Sludge from the town sewer system will be sent to Hudson rather than Albany for processing.

The Town Board will conduct its 2017 Organizational Meeting Monday, January 2 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

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