Councilman Fidler, has asked the Department of Santation to upgrade the designation of Seba avenue during snow storms, to expedite the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department response during emergencies
The entire Gerritsen Beach community is named tertiary (last to be plowed) during snow storms.
Dear Commissioner Doherty,
I am writing to request that a change be made to the snow priority designation of one of the streets in my neighborhood, Seba Avenue. At minimum, the blocks between Gerritsen Avenue and 52 Seba Avenue should be upgraded from their current tertiary status to allow for the necessary rapid response time by the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
As you know, ‘primary’ streets are the ones that are most concentrated in terms of traffic flow as well as facilities such as firehouses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Since these facilities are in high demand in times of emergency, there is a great need for these streets to be cleared.
The Gerritsen Beach neighborhood is currently comprised of all tertiary streets, with the exception of Gerritsen Avenue, which is a primary street. However, the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department is located at 52 Seba Avenue, currently designated as a tertiary street. With tertiary designation, these first responders would be temporarily cut off from being able to respond, when needed. Making Seba Avenue a higher priority would provide better access and allow the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department to operate quickly and efficiently, should an emergency arise.
I thank you for your time and hope that this change in designation can be made quickly