Deerfield’s Village Board took a step back from making the corner of Osterman and Robert York Avenues a four-way stop Monday at its regularly scheduled meeting sending the proposal to the Safety Commission for further study.
After narrowly voting to direct Village Attorney Peter Colbentz to draft an ordinance requiring the installation of the additional stop signs Nov. 7, the Trustees unanimously decided further consideration by the Safety Commission would be a good idea.
“It’s always a good idea to have as many eyes as possible take a look,” Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said. “We don’t want a situation that will give a pedestrian a false sense of security.”
Rosenthal suggested the Safety Commission take a closer look Nov. 7 andTrustee Mary Oppenheim asked the Board to take that action. It was rejected 4-2.
Between the meetings, Trustee Thomas Jester provided his colleagues with pictures of cautionary signs from other communities that he felt could provide adequate safety if the intersection remained a two-way stop allowing Osterman traffic to move across Robert York.
During the Nov. 7 meeting a representative from Gewalt Hamilton, a consulting firm specializing in traffic research, recommended there was insufficient activity to warrant the signs. Meanwhile, Trustee Alan Farkas, who was out of town for the Nov. 7 meeting, became another voice favoring further deliberations.
“Are we going to send this back to the Safety Commission,” Farkas asked his colleagues? “It concerns me we are acting without further consideration,” he added echoing Rosenthal’s view.
One citizen, Alan Chandler who lives near Osterman and Robert York, asked the Board to return the four-way stop to the intersection. During summer construction on Deerfield Road it was a four-way stop.
“When it was a four-way stop the traffic moved smoothly,” Chandler said. “Safety for us is a factor for the kids after school and the seniors. It really helped to make it safer,” he added referring to the conditions over the summer.
In other action, the Village Board made appointments or reappointments to a number of commissions, boards and councils. Judy Geuder, Angie Butera and Barry Gray were appointed to the Family Days Commission while Judy Nelson was reappointed.
Adam Simon will serve on the Cable and Telecommunications Commission while John Chaput, Gregory Lapin and Kenneth Urbaszewski were asked to continue. Laurie Liebowitz will be new to the Sustainability Commission and both Amy Parker and Glenn Schwartz continue.
Beth Chaitman, Robert Milani and Howard Shachter were reappointed to the Appearance Review Commission while Ted Galvani and Berton Ring will do the same on the Board of Building Appeals.
Paul Blakey continues on the Board of Police Commissioners as Leonard Adams does the same on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Reappointed to the Community Relations Commission were Eric Hogberg, Neil Samuels and Lawrence Tracey.
Returning Electrical Commissioners are James Brown and Ted Galvani while Barbara Weisskopf stays with the Fine Arts Commission. Continuing on the Manpower Commission are Jean Reuther and Susie Wexler.
Returning to the Plan Commission is Larry Berg while Kenneth Urbaszewski does the same with the Police Pension Board. Staying with the Safety Council are Larry Smith and Phillip York. Alan Garfield, Oscar Adler, Garo Emerzian and Janice Shaw rejoined the Village Center Development Commission.