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May 8, 2013 12:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Gregor Offers Conciliation On Cromers Parking Lot

May 8, 2013 12:21 PM

Southampton Town Highway Superintendent Alex Gregor has asked the Town Board to support a slightly tweaked version of his plans for roadwork intended to improve safety surrounding Cromers Market and the Whalebone General Store on Noyac Road.

Mr. Gregor this week told Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst that he would like to proceed with plans to construct a barrier dividing the parking lot of the market and general store from Noyac Road, but would not make two side streets, Elm Street and Bay Avenue, one-way streets, as originally proposed.

Mr. Gregor said on Wednesday morning that he has received a low bid from South Fork Asphalt in Southampton for the construction work in the parking lot, which he says is the most important component of the project for improving safety. Currently, the parking lots are open to the roadway and cars must pull out directly from their parking spots into the roadway. There have been 45 accidents of varying degrees of seriousness near the parking lot in the last five years, Mr. Gregor said.

“This job needs to happen,” Mr. Gregor said. “We keep getting hit with these hypothetical what-ifs ... meanwhile, there is a very serious safety issue that needs to be addressed.”

Residents of the two streets had objected to Mr. Gregor’s plans, saying they feared it would force traffic from the two stores—delivery trucks and impatient customers no longer able to pull directly onto Noyac Road—into the neighborhood. The Town Board sided with the residents.

On Wednesday, Ms. Throne-Holst said that she would like Mr. Gregor to come to the Town Board and present his plans and let the community—including the owners of the two businesses—weigh in on them once again.

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Maybe if it was mandatory that you back into the parking spaces, it would solve the issue without paving, or modifications.

Nah, too much skill involved for it to work...
May 8, 13 10:01 PM appended by Mr. Z
P.S. "Conciliation"
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 8, 13 10:01 PM
Wind bag. Can't wait for his butt to be voted out of office. The biggest creep I've ever seen elected to office around here.
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 9, 13 12:59 AM
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Your silly, but I must agree that Malone is not far behind Gregor. Go take a drive in the neighborhood so that you can see the flaws in his original plan which he decided on without consultation. The wind bag's record speaks for itself with is knack of not bringing anyone else in on his decisions, little consultation with the citizens or the board, posturing and backtracking. His new plan can only be evaluated when it is fully presented and commented upon. Ideally the position should not be an ...more
By Toma Noku (616), uptown on May 9, 13 10:09 AM
Kinda late, isn't it, for Mr. Gregory to get all touchy feely and conciliatory, now in the middle of May, for a project he claims he wanted to accomplish for this summer?

A team player would have done this differently many months ago IMO, when it was obvious that he was on the wrong tack and heading for the rocks on a lee shore.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 13 3:22 AM
"Gregor"
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 13 3:22 AM
If he was allowed to do his job he would have had this project done a year ago. But instead he must battle the town board, who, as usual, kowtows to a small group of local residents. Whenever anything is proposed in this town there is a storm of protest from small groups who live in the immediate area- they fill thye board room and squawk away and the board panders to them.

Message to the board: You have to break some eggs to make an omelet. Make a decision that is in the best interests ...more
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 9, 13 5:37 AM
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Yes, democracy in action can be a slow ship at times.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 13 6:17 AM
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Maybe we should just appoint a king and be done with it. Sort of like a Mel Brooks kind of guy
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on May 9, 13 3:56 PM
Or like George Burns with John Denver in "Oh, God?"

Definitely someone with a sense of humor!

Speaking of which did you see Jerry Seinfeld's videos, "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee," one of which featured Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner? An hysterical series, full of humor. Google the title in quotes, great stuff.

PS -- I guess the Flashers United approach fell on deaf ears?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 9, 13 5:01 PM
Well done Mr. Gregor. Two new radar speed signs at Major's Path and Pineneck. Is one to be installed east of Cromer's for eastbound traffic?

By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 14, 13 11:42 AM
East of Cromer's for westbound traffic, that is.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 14, 13 11:52 AM