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The Sun letter to the editor: Sherwood Meadows is a bad local fit

While the town of Hamburg Planning Board continues to deliberate on the fate of the proposed Sherwood Meadows Apartment Complex within the Roundtree Village subdivision, members are asked to consider many factors that will ultimately influence and affect the character of the neighborhood if this project is approved.

None of these factors, in my opinion, are more important than the safety of the residents already residing in this area.

A traffic impact study, with a subsequent addendum prepared for the developer, has been provided to the planning board, suggesting that any additional traffic created secondary to the proposed apartment complex would not have a significant effect on the overall traffic traveling through the neighborhood.

Although this severely flawed study evaluates traffic volume, it makes no effort to assess the average speed of this traffic, most specifically on Howard Road, other than to assume that all vehicles travel at or near the posted speed limit. Personal experience tells me that this is not the case.

Having owned my home on Howard Road for the last four years, I have already replaced three mailboxes that were destroyed, after speeding drivers lost control of their vehicles and ended up on my front lawn. My neighbors have suffered similar fates and have all personally witnessed vehicles disregard stationary school buses, with flashing caution lights, loading and unloading children, because they were traveling at unsafe speeds exceeding the posted limit.

While this situation already presents a safety concern, the potential increase of an additional 250 vehicles from the Sherwood Meadows Apartments to the daily traffic flow along Howard Road almost guarantees that an already dangerous situation will only become even more threatening.

The concerns regarding this project from Roundtree Village residents are numerous and well documented, but ensuring the safety of the public should be of paramount importance to those who represent the residents of our town.

Having previously addressed this issue with our town board and traffic safety coordinator, I now implore our town planning board to consider whether they want to recommend a project that will ultimately create an even more dangerous situation than the one that already exists.

In the interests of public safety, I hope that they make the prudent decision and declare the Sherwood Meadows Complex a bad fit for Roundtree Village neighborhood.

Bryan Wittmeyer

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