COUNCIL WARY OF SPENDING $8,000 FOR STUDENT SAFETY 4/19/2017 8:26:46 AM
It was a big debate at Town Hall regarding the hiring of a crossing guard for the intersection of Oak Street and Evergreen Hill Road in Simcoe.
The area by Holy Trinity gets bogged down with traffic in the morning and when school lets out.
A traffic study was done, and the guideline for a crossing guard is over 20 kids frequenting the crosswalk...they had 21.
It came down to the question of safety, responsibility, and cost.
Councillor John Wells stating the general argument used in the debate, spending $8,000 a year on a crossing guard for older students at the busy section.
Councillor Harold Sonnenburg agreed the students are older, but it's a matter of liability.
He'd rather bite the cost now than down the road.
County Manager David Cribbs, on his first day on the job in Norfolk, urged our elected officials to take further studies and see if this one day count of students is representing the amount of students that cross the road.
With that being said, he also noted Norfolk's role is ensuring safety on the roadway, and if they chose to ignore their criteria and not put a crossing guard, it could cost them down the line should an incident occur.
Our elected officials agreed to send the report back to staff to investigate the area more before moving forward with any plan.