Darien residents concerned about pedestrians on Hoyt Street

It was standing room only at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting where about 20 residents voiced concerns about the "dangers" of Hoyt Street.

While the issue wasn't on the agenda, citizens spoke during the public comments portion claiming that commuters exiting the train could be hit by passing vehicles since the road lacks a sidewalk as well as a broad shoulder.

Residents said vehicles refuse to move over for pedestrians, adding that many drivers travel well over the posted speed limit.

However, First Selectman David Campbell said the issue is out of the Board's hands, since Hoyt Street is a state road. Campbell said the Town has contacted the Connecticut Department of Transportation multiple times over the last five years about installing a sidewalk.

Campbell, who referred to the DOT as the "bureaucracy from hell," claimed the department hasn't done a good job addressing the issue.

Democratic Selectman Callie Sullivan asked if the Board could fund a survey to determine the location of a potential sidewalk. Republican Selectmen Jayme Stevenson said that maintenance of the sidewalk should also be taken into consideration, especially during the winter, as well as the fact that Hoyt Street isn't the only street with a problem.

In addition to the Hoyt Street discussion, Democratic Selectman David Bayne asked if there were plans to fix Heights Road, which is riddled with numerous flooding issues.

Bayne said the Board must let the public know whether or not it will act on Heights Road improvements.

Sullivan echoed Bayne's sentiments, saying the discussion needs to take place.

Campbell said voting to take action on Heights Road would be "ridiculous," but said that if the Board wanted to vote then they would vote.

Sullivan said that in addition to the buildings that get flooded, she is also concerned with motorists driving on the road because even if cones are in place, people drive through them.

Campbell quickly replied that he didn't want to spend any money to fix the problem.

"I'm not spending $6 million to protect an idiot," Campbell said.