New Albany Chamber of Commerce president Eileen Leuby wants to help the village with one of its dangerous intersections.

New Albany Chamber of Commerce president Eileen Leuby wants to help the village with one of its dangerous intersections.

Leuby approached New Albany Village Council Tuesday night about the intersection of Zarley Street and U.S. Route 62.

"There are problems at Zarley (Street) and (Route) 62 and we'd be glad to join the village and survey the area to see what we can do," Leuby said.

She told council she had spoken with some business owners in the area who want to get the problem fixed.

"(Administrator) Joe (Stefanov) and I have been talking about this," Mayor Nancy Ferguson said. "This intersection has the second-most accidents in the village."

Leuby said most of the accidents occur at about 3 p.m., when traffic is heavy and drivers try to make left turns onto Zarley Street.

"There are a lot of lanes to pay attention to when turning left," Leuby said. The accidents haven't been fatal thus far, she said, "but we don't want to see anything major. There have been a few minor injuries."

Although limiting left turns onto Zarley Street from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. is an option, Ferguson said it is unlikely the intersection could be signalized.

"It's difficult because of where Zarley is. It's so close to Smith's Mill Road," she said. "We could probably put the stop bar for Smith's Mill Road at Zarley."

The village also could look into connecting Zarley to Forest Drive to provide another access point, Ferguson said.

"We need to do something about this and throw some money at this," she said.

Village engineer Ed Ferris said his office has been looking into problems in the area of state Route 161 and U.S. Route 62.

"We are studying the intersection because there is a backup in the morning. We'll look at accident data for the last three years," he told council.

In other council news, the village approved an ordinance to allow the community-events board to operate as a nonprofit organization, as opposed to being under the village's control.

The board applied for and received nonprofit status.

"They have progressed beyond needing our help, except our financial support, of course," Ferguson said.

Ferguson said the board's new status will give it more ease with meetings and fewer complications with funding.

The community-events board organizes such events as the spring egg hunt and Oktoberfest.

"They're considering adding two new events next year, which is pretty exciting," Ferguson said.

Council also rescheduled its second meeting in June. Village council will hold meetings at 6:30 p.m. June 3 and 24.