(Ed.'s note: The following letter was sent to TNH Councilman Fred Pollack, TNH Town Board and TNH Supervisor Jon Kaiman and is printed here at the writer's request.)
Our appreciation to yourself and Supervisor Jon Kaiman for the open meeting held to gather information. Residents of the Port Washington Park Civic Association area remain concerned for their safety regarding the application made by the Port Washington School District to the Town of North Hempstead for curb cuts to access a planned parking lot on Bogart Avenue between Orchard and Elm Streets. Area residents were unanimous in opposing access to this lot from Bogart Avenue.
The school district has sufficient parking for teachers at the Montfort, Weber and Schreiber lots. Further, the campus area contains ample other accessible unused space for expanding parking. The arguments presented by the School District for access from Bogart Avenue are: that it is cheap, that teachers should not have to walk from the Montfort lot carrying heavy papers, concern for safety should teachers have to work late until 5 PM and that senior students have insufficient parking. This reluctance to walk short distances is at variance with the high value placed on homes in Port Washington and elsewhere based on the convenience to access the railroad. We have difficulty in understanding the justification for destroying the character of a neighborhood, creating a nuisance and exacerbating an existing hazardous traffic situation; conditions all implicit in this application.
The executive board of our association is unanimous in opposing the addition of any additional traffic to the already hazardous mix of pedestrians and traffic. Bogart Avenue is a gateway and thruway into several neighborhoods. The situation is particularly grave during the morning with vehicles recklessly rushing to drop children off, children randomly walking without heeding traffic, others walking to the train station and yet others driving to work. The location, as existing, is already dangerous to the extent that the assignment of a crossing guard and special police patrolling are required mornings and afternoons. Yet, school administration proceeded without conducting a traffic study, without consulting the police district and with inadequate notice to the community.
Our association is of the view that this application is of insufficient warrant, hazardous, unfriendly to our community and kindly requests that this be so noted and returned with the application. We further request, for the very same above reasons, that any existing curb cuts intended or in use to access traffic from school property onto Bogart Avenue be rescinded or restricted.
James Ansel, President
PW Park Civic Executive Board