SPECULATOR -- Speed limits in the Village of Speculator will be changing in May, according to a letter from the New York State Department of Transportation to Hamilton County Superintendent of Highways Tracy Eldridge.
The speed limit in the hamlet is currently 40 mph.
A new speed limit of 30 mph will be established on State Route 8 between the library and The Four Corners intersection of routes 8 and 30 and Elm Lake Rd.
The 40 mph speed zone on Rt. 8 will be extended west to include the intersection with Page St., and the passing zone near The Inn at Speculator will be closed.
The speed limit on Rt. 8/30 will be changed to 30 mph from Downey Ave. to The Four Corners.
Also, DOT plans to evaluate traffic calming measures for a section of Rt. 30 north of The Four Corners. The goal is to bring operating speeds down as motorists enter the village.
Such measures could include warning signs, advisory speed plaques or rumble strips.
The Village of Speculator Board of Trustees got the news Monday, April 14. While the board welcomes the reduced speed limits, Trustee Robert Hoffman said, "The one thing we don't want is rumble strips."
In other business, the board voted to offer the chief operator position at the Wastewater Treatment Plant to Benjie Dwyer of Wells for $20 an hour plus benefits. Current Chief Operator Florence Braunius plans to retire at the end of June. Hoffman voted nay.
Trustees Cheryl Paestella and Edward Brooks were absent.
Hoffman noted the jetty at the village beach needs repair.
The board will next meet Monday, April 28, starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.