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MALONE — Malone village trustees passed a resolution Wednesday asking the state to allow the village to have more “home-rule authority” when it comes to village roads.

Trustee Joseph Riccio said the resolution follows shortly after Saranac Lake village officials passed their own resolution to ask for the state Senate and Assembly for a law for villages and towns across New York state to set their own speed limits.

Mr. Riccio said the village resolution is to “call greater attention to the pedestrian Main Street corridor.”

Trustee Hugh Hill said the resolution also is designed to show the frustration he, Mr. Riccio and members of the board have about the safety of pedestrians on Main Street.

Mr. Hill said in the past, he and Mr. Riccio made presentations to the state Department of Transportation and the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board about their concern.

Mr. Hill said village trustees have been “unsatisfied with the pace of traffic on Main Street.”

He noted that David Werner, vice president of the Franklin County Traffic Safety Board, “made a good case as to why the village should use science to decide the speed limit.”

According to Mr. Hill, Mr. Werner said changing the speed limit would more than likely not change the driver’s comfort of continuing to drive the 30-mile-per-hour speed limit.

Though Mr. Hill said he agrees with Mr. Werner, he and board members are still concerned about pedestrian safety in the area.

“When there’s not a lot of traffic, travel is very fast, making it an unfriendly environment for pedestrians,” Mr. Hill said, noting that Main Street is the business district in Malone.

However, rather than focusing on changing the speed limit, Mr. Hill said he would rather see more “strategically placed pedestrian islands,” so travelers will have more of an incentive to slow down.

He noted that the Complete Streets advisory board has discussed interest in having more pedestrian islands as well.

Mr. Hill noted that the village’s resolution doesn’t change anything.

“It’s only a request to the state of New York,” he said.

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