Brownie Alley to remain northbound

August 04, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

New Windsor officials voted last night against changing the direction of traffic on Brownie Alley, a lane that runs north from Church Street to Main Street beside the building that once was Hesson's garage.

Several residents spoke in opposition to the change -- which was requested by the town planning and zoning commission -- during a council meeting.

Brownie Alley is the only road that runs north from Church Street onto Main Street.

The former garage building may become the site of the New Windsor Pharmacy when the store's lease runs out. The pharmacist wants to have access to the building from Main Street.

Patrons using the building would have to park in a lot just off the alley and behind the building, which sits on Main Street.

The pharmacist contends that it will be more convenient for patrons to turn onto Brownie Alley from Main Street than to come in from Church Street.

Former town police officer Tudor Fritz, who opposed the change, recalled that the street was realigned to its current direction because running the street south -- exiting onto Church Street -- caused too many accidents.

Many residents said that coming out onto Church Street made it difficult for drivers to see traffic approaching from the east or the west.

The Town Council voted unanimously not to change the street's direction.

In other action, New Windsor officials chose a new auditor. The Westminster company, Rager Lehman Myers and Houck, P.C. will perform annual and quarterly audits of the town's accounts and hold meetings with town officials.

New Windsor's representative in the firm is Jeffrey Myers.

"We were not happy with the auditors reports we've gotten the past few years so went sent out for bids," said Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman, the council finance liaison. "They [the new firm] are giving us not only yearly audits, but quarterly audits and that's something we've needed for 40 years."

Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said the new auditor will fit in well with the town's revamped accounting system. "We have new people, a new means of accounting and we wanted a new auditor that could bring in a fresh perspective," Mr. Gullo said of the change.

Also, town officials chided New Windsor Partnership, the developer of Blue Ridge Manor, for blocking off a section of Springdale Road to pave over an exposed sewer line.

Councilman Terry Petry was concerned about the road being blocked without permission. But Mel and Bill Schnieder of the development company, said they received permission from the state to close off that portion of the road.

The small section being paved runs just along the intersection portion of Route 31 (a state road) and Springdale Road (a town road).

Mr. Petry was also concerned that workers left the site of the paving surrounded by orange and white barriers, rather than placing steel plates over the exposed area.

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