Williamsville Says 'No' to Toll Hike

December 11, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM EDT

By WKBW Internet
By Allen Leight

December 11, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 12:24 AM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The Village of Williamsville passed a resolution Monday expressing opposition to a proposed toll hike on the NYS Thruway.

"Our feeling is that this toll increase is going to force more truck traffic onto Main Street which is the exact opposite of what we're trying to accomplish," said Village Mayor Brian Kulpa.

Aside from congestion, the other issue village leaders are concerned with is safety.

Back in October two Town of Amherst workers were injured when their bucket truck was struck by a tractor trailer.

"Simple things like hanging banners put our workers at odds with tractor trailers," said Kulpa when asked about safety.

The village's "Picture Main Street" project, which the planning committee finalized Monday night, looks to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly by adding curbs and medians to slow traffic and by making alternate routes more accessible. It also looks to help develop mixed-use properties along the village center.

"The village is trying to do good sound economic development and this flies in the face of everything currently on the radar," added Kulpa.

"Well I think not just the Village of Williamsville but the 45-percent, which I have openly stated I'm opposed to, would have an effect across the whole state," says New York State Thruway Authority Vice-Chair Donna Luh.

Luh says the current proposal is not on the Authority's agenda to discuss at their December 17th meeting. She also says she would like to see the Thruway Authority explore other options before hiking the tolls.

"We have to look at our to see what we can do prior to having any type of increase. We have to see what savings we can do in house."