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Letter: ‘Already in Right Direction in Westbury’

As a regular attendee of Westbury Village Board of Trustees meetings, I felt compelled to respond to the letter ‘Heading in Wrong Direction in Westbury’ that appeared in the Aug. 5 edition. The writer is erroneously under the impression that our village officials have not taken sufficient measures to launch the movie theater restoration project and are spending residents’ tax money on the recent road improvements.

The theater redevelopment has been a primary topic of discussion at numerous meetings and public hearings. The board has been consistently thorough in working with the property owner to iron out the many complexities and difficulties that have inevitably occurred in such a considerable undertaking. A parking issue hindered progress for a long time, but with the final site plan approval granted this past week, the project is certainly well underway.

On the subject of the road improvements, the board took special pleasure in announcing at a past meeting that the village had received grant money to use for road improvements and that none of the residents’ tax money would be spent on these long-needed repairs. Personally, I feel more comfortable both driving and walking on Post Avenue with the new crosswalks because the brick delineation makes it easier to spot pedestrians.

The previous letter writer is undoubtedly allowed to have her own opinion on the aesthetic value of the crosswalks, but I would strongly encourage her to keep more informed of village news and developments by attending meetings and/or signing up on the village website for the village’s “blast e-mail” message system.

Katherine M. Trager