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Ballston asks county to lower speed limit

"I think it is very important that we make this happen," said Councilman Tim Szczpaniak of reducing the speed limit.

The speed on that stretch was initially reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.

In 2000, when the county was repaving the road, they offered to mitigate the hill, which would increase visibility making the road safer, but several residents were opposed to the plan because it would have affected their homes.

While Pustolka and other residents would like to see the speed significantly reduced, they said they were not totally in favor of removing the hill because of the significant impact it would have on their neighbors.

"I'd be in favor of keeping everyone happy," Pustolka said of mitigating the hill.

He said mitigation of the hill would leave houses on the hill high and dry.

"Something has to be done," Pustolka said.

He hopes the county will be able to work with the town in reducing the speed before the agricultural session gets under way again, although he has already started working his farm for the season.

A year ago, during a Planning Board meeting, Planning Board member Jeffrey Cwalinski said that there was a fatality on Middleline Road and that two sheriff's deputies' cars were almost a part of the accident.

He said the town's comprehensive plan has plans to mitigate the hill, which he called "dangerous," and that he would like to see a letter directed to someone at the county to correct the problem.

The Town Council noted during the meeting that new signs warning of a hidden view were placed on the road earlier in the week.""

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