by Rosey Mulderrig
Bill Barron moved with his family to Huntington fourteen years ago. He remembers driving with his real estate agent on the way to his new home in Huntington Bay and asking her ”What’s up with the third-world road?” referring to the area of rte.110 from Hecksher park through Halesite. His real estate agent told him not to worry because it was currently in the process of being redone. Mr. Barron believed then and now that the harbor and waterfront property around Halesite and West Shore Road is the Village of Huntington’s greatest asset. He believes that the area surrounding the harbor should reflect its beauty. Not only will the community enjoy it everyday but also it will improve real estate values for all of Huntington. After years of attending public information and community input meetings where town officials promised him time and time again that this area would be fixed he became so frustrated that he considered moving. He loves his beautiful house and great neighbors but figured that since his occupation does not require driving jungle roads in search of indigenous rainforest plants he and his car shouldn’t have to suffer every time he leaves the house for an errand in town or to go to work.
Mr. Barron received form letters in response to his petitioning the town to take action on this area. Since then he has spoken numerous times with the New York State Transportation Department, (NYDOT) and feels that we really will see the road upgraded this year. NYDOT has told him that the road is fully funded by the state and they will break ground in May at the latest but it is entirely up to the town on whether they will put a bit more money into LED lights that use less electricity and are more aesthetically pleasing than conventional incandescent lamps. “After the amount of taxes we all have paid over the years to travel over that third-world road you’d think the town would feel they owe us at least this small expense” Mr. Barron opined. The long-term efficiency of LED lights can add up to significant savings for the town. Assume that a traffic light uses 100-watt bulbs. The light is on 24 hours a day, so it uses 2.4 kilowatt-hours per day. If you assume power costs 8 cents per kilowatt-hour, it means that one traffic signal costs about 20 cents a day to operate, or about $73 per year. There are perhaps eight signals per intersection, so that’s almost $600 per year in power per intersection. LED bulbs consume 15 or 20 watts instead of 100, so the power consumption drops by a factor of five or six. These low-energy bulbs also open the possibility of using solar panels. So that LED traffic light would cost only about $100 per year compared with $600 for incandescent.
If you would like to see the town install energy-efficient LEDs, the best bet might be to contact Mark Cuthbertson. At the inauguration for the Huntington town officials this past Sunday, Cuthbertson cited renewable energy projects as one of his past and current main initiatives. He is a member of the board of the 110 partnership which is committed to focusing on,” clean energy alternatives” and supports downtown revitalization through Chambers of Commerce, Beautification Councils and Civic Associations utilizing grants for light posts etc.”. Councilman Cuthbertson can be reached at 631-351-3172 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Although there are four town council members and one supervisor we might have a better shot at getting something accomplished if we focus on one council member for a specific job. This is probably the only shot we have to get it done right because you can bet your sweet patooky that another chance for improvement won’t likely happen again for a very long time. The Village tattler suggests that we ask to include a bike lane when they widen the roadway. Riding a bike on our local roads often feels like a game of Russian roulette and since this is America; I’d rather not play.
We ‘d like to thank Bill Barron for bringing this issue to our attention and we commend him on his proactive attitude towards making his town a better place. Please contact the Village Tattler with any issues that you’d like addressed in the Huntington Township and we will find the correct person to contact. Together we can get things done and make our homes and community better.
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Increased culvert capacity at the Mill Dam Road outfall.
Improved operation and increased capacity at tide gates.
Culverts removed from the creek south of tide gates.
A cleaned/re-graded creek.
Relocated sewer lines constricting the creek at Mill Lane and Hill Place.
A new aesthetically pleasing environmental treatment/filtration basin on the Town’s vacant property located between Creek Road and Mill Dam Road to accept storm water runoff.
The low point of NY Route 110 raised by one foot.
A new culvert on Creek Road to divert most runoff from the south on NY Route 110, to the creek north of Mill Lane, along with a widened creek from Mill Lane to Hill Place to accept additional flow. A large box culvert at Hill Place will intercept most flow from the creek, running west on Hill Place and north on Creek Road and back into the creek at Creek Road.
New roadway pavement.
New or repaired curb and sidewalk throughout the project area.
Improved striping and pedestrian crosswalks where needed.
Upgraded roadside signage.
Improved sight distance at crossroads and driveways wherever feasible.
Sidewalk/utility/snow storage strip.
A continuous 2-way left turn lane option will be considered from Prime Avenue to Hill Place.
New roundabouts installed with raised medians at Creek Road and Mill Dam Road