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Traffic Restrictions Rule Board Meeting

Trustees approve four-way stop sign at Robert York and Osterman Avenues after passionate plea from residents.

Traffic restrictions were on the minds of a number of Deerfield residents who rose to speak before a packed as the Board asked Village staff to prepare two ordinances that will affect how people get about town.

Those advocating for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Robert York and Osterman Avenues got their wish after a seven-month wait while residents of the Coramandel subdivision were unable to sway the Board to restrict Briarwood Country Club’s new paddle tennis facility.

The Village was poised to approve the four-way stop sign at Osterman and Robert York during its Nov. 21 meeting but chose further consideration by the Safety Commission in light of a study by consultant Gewalt Hamilton concluding the restriction was not warranted.

“You can write laws based on what might be presented by an expert but sometimes we feel we know our own neighborhood more than the expert,” Trustee William Seiden before siding with the 4-2 majority.

Seiden and Trustees Mary Oppenheim, Barbara Struthers and Robert Benton voted for the four-way sign. Trustees Alan Farkas and Tom Jester opposed it.

“This is a travesty,” Jester said. “It was proven it really is not warranted then and it’s not now.”

A number of residents of the South Commons and One Deerfield Place developments, primarily senior citizens, came asking for the four-way sign and several of their group spoke in favor of having the Village draft the ordinance.

“De we have to wait until somebody is killed,” Sheila Parson said. “I’ve almost been hit by a car. I don’t know how I wasn’t. They really do speed down Osterman.” People who live at those two developments frequently cross Osterman on foot to walk to shops at Deerfield Square.

When the Deerfield Road Metra underpass was closed during construction last summer, the Village placed a temporary four-way stop sign at the intersection. Some people became used to it including 46-year Village resident Don Davis.

“I’m the one who started this,” Davis said. “When we had the sign last summer it was the first time I felt safe.” Though he does not live in one of the two developments, he indicated 71 residents of South Commons signed petitions in favor of the four-way stop.

Briarwood To Add Paddle Tennis

Citizen advocacy was on display earlier in the evening when a spokesperson for the three owners’ associations at Coramandel argued for steeper restrictions on the proposed paddle tennis facility at Briarwood because of traffic and noise issues arising from the proposed Waukegan Road entrance.

The group of approximately 20 appeared before the Plan Commission when the proposal was unanimously approved as it did Monday. The Board voted 6-0 in favor of the idea.

The Board was satisfied by Briarwood representative Lawrence Friedman that noise levels were within legal standards and the traffic entering and exiting the facility would be minimal since it would primarily be limited only to people using the courts.

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Daniel Krudop June 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM
“'You can write laws based on what might be presented by an expert but sometimes we feel we know our own neighborhood more than the expert,' Trustee William Seiden before siding with the 4-2 majority." Then why did you waste our tax dollars on the study if you knew better? Maybe you were hoping the study would justify the four-way you were going to put in place anyway? As far as the folks from Coramandel are concerned, why don't they just build a moat around their little kingdom and be done with Deerfield? They already engineered a turnover in the Board to keep other members of the community out. I suppose they'll go after this Mayor and Board for this latest travesty against them.
RB June 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
There are crosswalks on Deerfield road instead of 4 way stops and there is much more traffic and pedistrian activity at those than will ever be on Osterman. Robert York roadway was supposed to be open through Coramandel and all of a sudden the Village closed it. That's another example of a moat going up around Coramandel. They've exerted more control over the board with this hair brained decision to put up a 4 way stop. I hope it's not a school bus that gets hit by a train when cars are backed up on the tracks due to this sign. Whoever gets hit will have a nice lawsuit on their hands, should they survive.
Mara Meyer June 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
G-d forbid, but all it will take is one death at the train tracks to get the Board into serious liability! Insane decision.
Mara Meyer June 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The liability will be as a result of the consultant recommendation. Insane decision!
Daryl Kunz June 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Though the 4 way stop may or may not be a good idea, it's the process in the decision making that shows once again how the mayor and Board of Trustees are under qualified for their positions, and it's really too bad they got yoted into their seats. I hope the voters remember the Trustees' history of poor decisions next election.
DeerfieldWATCHdog June 21, 2012 at 02:26 PM
We don't have enough traffic congestion issues in Deerfield? I see children abiding by the traffic laws and stopping and watching before crossing ALL THE TIME at that intersection. The seniors can't be responsible and do the same? Talk about entitlement issues...BTW, my comment is totally justified...I'm only a few years away from "seniorhood" myself. If I'm going to cross any intersection, I wait and watch! Learned this in first grade. And stop signs don't "stop" crazy drivers anyway. Politics!!!
RB June 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM
So true, and you better watch out for the complainers...they will be the first to not yield and almost run over you in a crosswalk. The entitlement? Don't get me started, I'll just say SPOILED ROTTEN. Go to Chicago and experience patience. Yes, less horn blowing, more crosswalk consideration and you can actually go shopping in a grocery store without having to sharpen your elbows.....oh, I wasn't going to get started...
John S June 21, 2012 at 04:43 PM
RB:" I hope it's not a school bus that gets hit by a train when cars are backed up on the tracks due to this sign. Whoever gets hit will have a nice lawsuit on their hands, should they survive." Umm, no. If you are stupid enough to stop on the tracks it is your own fault. If you can't make it across the tracks, then wait. It's not that hard, but I see morons doing it all the time.

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