Substantial traffic changes near many of the village's schools will soon be up for a public hearing, and officials are hopeful residents add their proverbial $0.02.
Roughly a dozen changes from to are scheduled for debate when the village council meets on Aug. 8 at Village Hall. A vote should be expected after the series of ordinances passed introduction on July 18.
The proposed changes are derived from a master list brought by HSAs and vetted by the school district, village and collaborative citizens safety committee.
"I don't want you to feel any of this has been tossed," Village Manager Ken Gabbert told the council on July 11. "This has been thoroughly vetted by the Board of Education, by the safety committees, by our staff. And we didn't just agree to everything. We went through what was practical."
The initial list before the Citizens Safety Committee in late fall contained dozens of requests, ranging from stop signs, crosswalks, no-parking zones, no stopping-and-standing and more.
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Not all requests developed were deemed necessary, Village Engineer Chris Rutishauser said.
"Some of the fields locations at the school – Cpt. [Jacqueline] Luthcke and I were there to witness some of the traffic that was brought to our attention," the engineer told the council. "We were both in agreement that a request in that location, which is a three-way stop sign, was not warranted."
Some on the council were skeptical all the changes would be effective.
Among the proposed changes is a queueing drop-off in front of Travell School on Bogert Ave., with the mid-block crosswalk removed.
Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh, a Travell-area resident, said she very often sees parents parking on the left-hand side of the one-way street, walking their children across the road. That could be dangerous without the crosswalk, she said.
Travell's principal, Margaret Leininger, will be working to avoid to prevent a queue-and-cross hazard, Rutishauser said. The school and safety committees will be also be aiming to strengthen enforcement, Gabbert added.
Ultimately though, said Gabbert, the village will need resident compliance if a good result is to be seen through.
"Parents are their own worst enemies because they're not following the signage, they're not following the rules that are there," Gabbert said.
Councilman Tom Riche said he hopes to see residents – the other stakeholders – attend the Aug. 8 meeting and provide their thoughts.
Here's the list of proposed changes:
Bedford Road turning left onto Morningside Road between 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days (Sept. 30 - June 30) will be prohibited.
Turning left from West Ridgewood Ave. onto North Hillside Place will be prohibited from 8 to 9 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days. Also, there will be no stopping or standing on North Hillside between W. Ridgewood and Madison avenues from 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on school days.
Dean Street will have a stop sign westbound at South Broad Street.
There will be no stopping or standing on both sides of Houston Lane from South Pleasant to Stevens Avenue, 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on school days. This would replace that section's status from no parking during the above-mentioned hours.
Parking will be allowed on Bogert Avenue's west side from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on school days from the intersection of E. Glen for about 250 feet. From 250 feet to about 570 feet on E. Glen headed south, parking would be entirely prohibited.
Parking will also be prohibited on Fairfield Avenue east side, 280 feet south of East Glen to 426 feet south of East Glen, from 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., on school days. This replaces a no-stopping, no-standing distinction.
There will be no stopping or standing on Downs Street's south side from Fairfield to Pearsall Avenue, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on school days. This would replace a no stopping or standing on Downs on the north and west side of Fairfield, 50 feet in each direction.
The mid-block crosswalk halfway between Meadowbrook and E. Glen on Bogert is also planned for removal.
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