Somers to Crack Down on Early Garbage Pick-ups; Stop Signs Discussed

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SOMERS, N.Y. - Looking to crack down on noisy crack-of-dawn garbage pickups, the town board postponed the scheduled renewal earlier this month of three carters’ garbage-collection licenses.

The move followed residents’ reports that some garbage trucks have been rumbling through their rounds on town streets as early as 5:30 a.m.

“I’ve gotten a number of complaints,” Supervisor Rick Morrissey said, “about certain refuse carting companies operating in Somers that are not abiding by the town’s [restrictions on] noise-nuisance levels.”

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He said license renewals for City Carting, County Waste Management and Winter Brothers—originally scheduled for routine approval at last week’s town board meeting—will be delayed, pending an amendment to the town code that will specify the hours their trucks are permitted to operate.

The code already restricts the hours that construction and landscaping equipment can operate, allowing them to start only after 7 a.m.

Lincolndale stop signs

Police Chief Michael Driscoll has sharply different views on requests for stop signs at two Lincolndale area intersections.

In separate memos, he backed signs where Greenwood and Locust drives meet but said they were not needed where Daisy and Juniper drives intersect.

The Daisy/Juniper signs, requested by the Lake Lincolndale Property Owners Association, would create a four-way stop at the intersection.

“There have been accidents and some close calls at that corner,” Scott Abrams, vice president of the association, wrote in asking for the additional traffic controls.

Abrams, who chairs the association’s Town and Roads Committee, said “many people have concerns about drivers going too fast on Juniper.”

But Driscoll, citing state and federal guidelines on stop sign placement, said they should not be used for speed control. Moreover, he warned, “excessive use of stop signs can lead to the disregard for them.” The “additional stop signs are not warranted,” he said.

By contrast, Driscoll said, stop signs on the southeast and northwest corners of Locust Drive “will greatly contribute to the safe and efficient flow of traffic.” The intersection currently has no signage.

The chief, who lives in the neighborhood, said traffic has “significantly increased,” escalating the likelihood of accidents.

Flo Brodley steps down

Flo Brodley, a founder of the Somers Energy Environment Committee and for years a key player in its work, has resigned, citing a “need to slow down.”

Her resignation was among three that the town board accepted with some reluctance last week and acknowledged with praise. Board members hailed the efforts of all three, who also included Police Officer Peter Gobbo and Jason Crawford, a member of the Energy Environment Committee, the advisory body responsible for such initiatives as solar-energy promotion and reduced-rate utility bills.

A sparkplug in multiple community organizations, Brodley resigned in a brief note to Michael Blum, chairman of the Energy Environment Committee. “With many other committees and personal tasks on my calendar,” she wrote, “I need to slow down a bit and this is one answer.”

Her colleague, Crawford, also cited competing demands on his time in stepping down as a voting committee member. He asked to serve in what he called a “guest member” capacity.

In announcing Gobbo’s decision to leave the town force, Morrissey, at a work session a week earlier, had praised the retired state policeman’s service to Somers. Morrissey declared, perhaps not entirely in jest, that he wished he had the power not to accept the resignation.

Board members, including the two councilmen with direct police-liaison responsibility, agreed. “He is a great officer,” said Richard Clinchy and Thomas Garrity immediately seconded the notion, saying, “He’s fantastic.”

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