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Watertown town officials hope to reduce speed limit near County Route 202 apartments

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With a nearly 400-unit apartment complex under construction on County Route 202, town of Watertown officials hope to reduce the speed limit of southbound traffic along the busy thoroughfare from 55 mph to 35 mph.

The Town Council agreed to start the lengthy process by approving a resolution Thursday night, citing an expected increase in car and school bus traffic at the Preserve at Autumn Ridge apartment complex.

After the unanimous vote, Town Supervisor Joel R. Bartlett said town officials wanted to make sure to get it on the record that the town made the request, noting he doubts the state Department of Transportation will act on it.

“It’s totally out of our hands after the initial request,” he said.

The first two townhouse apartment buildings could be ready for occupancy soon at the development being constructed by Morgan Management, Pittsford. Morgan is expected to complete 22 apartment buildings at the 68.8-acre site by the end of the year, which will include about 130 units.

Under the process, the Jefferson County Board of Legislators first would have to approve the request. Mr. Bartlett has contacted county officials about the issue. The state DOT also would complete a traffic study before deciding the speed change was warranted.

In other action Thursday night, the town board:

n Agreed to donate $2,500 of bed-tax money to the 1812 Shootout Lacrosse Tournament, which will be held at Madison Barracks in Sackets Harbor over the next two weekends. About 5,000 lacrosse players and as many as 15,000 people are expected to attend the tournament, according to 1812 Shootout officials.

n Reappointed Roger E. Tibbetts to another six-year team as town assessor. His term expires Oct. 1.

n Began the process of finding a replacement for Thomas F. Hanley to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Hanley is moving to Florida.

Interested town residents must submit letters of interest by Aug. 1 to the town clerk’s office.

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