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Town mulls road safety panel

"There really isn't any vehicle to look into this issue in this town," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald also said the committee could address residents' concerns about traffic safety, which are currently addressed through law enforcement agencies.

He said agencies may use quite a few resources in addressing a resident's particular concern, but with the town's highway safety committee, these issues would be addressed at no cost to residents.

"It might be the most cost inefficient way to run law enforcement in the town," Fitzgerald said of using its resources to address a single concern.

Fitzgerald proposed creating a Web site, where residents could electronically file concerns, in addition to compiling traffic safety statistics on town roadways.

"Overall, this committee can play a major role in assisting the town and planning boards with issues of traffic safety," said Barrett in a memo to Town Council members. "We have several professional people with a great deal of experience who are available to serve."

The committee would use rules and procedures designed by the Town of Colonie, which has had a Highway Safety Committee for more than 40 years.""

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