Email Correspondence with the City Manager

Most CC and BOE members were included in this string.

From: O’Connor, James Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The School Superintendent and I have met to discuss this issue. It was decided that school flashing lights would be a good start to addressing the issue. Dr. Bailey is looking into the Schools funding the installation and the City paying for the operation and maintenance as we have done historically. This should be a good start and it is a priority to both the Schools and the City.

From: Trina Baughn Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 1:26

Mr. O’Connor,

Thanks again to all for addressing this issue. I understand from Dr. Bailey that the Illinois/Turnpike intersection will be monitored. I am unclear if this is to serve as a means to determine a future resolution or if more is involved with regards to immediate action. Is there any reason we can’t get someone out there starting tomorrow – be it an officer, city employee, or school employee? Though there has been no accident in recent history involving a child that I can recall, that certainly is no indication of it being less of a danger than the Robertsville Rd/Illinois intersection.

As I’ve stated previously, I will continue to work at the RR/Illinois intersection in the mornings. However, I will not be able to Monday and Tuesday of next week and could use some back up on those days. This is important as more parents/children come to rely on someone being there. Any takers?

Finally, I witnessed no less than 15 cars running the light this morning. I’m sure it’s more complicated than this, but surely there is benefit not only to citizen safety, but also to city funds in ticketing this area and time more heavily.

Trina Baughn

From: O’Connor, James
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 2:02 PM

As you know we have tried to employ school crossing guards with limited success. We do not have anyone especially a Police officer to station at this intersection but again if anyone knows of someone who wants to be a crossing guard that could possibly be a solution.

From: Trina Baughn
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 3:15

I’m perplexed that between the city and the school we have a pool of over 1,000 paid employees from which we can’t find someone who can be pulled for just 30 – 60 minutes a day.

If just the folks in this email alone took one shift, the morning shift alone (@ Illinois and the TP) would be covered for over 3 weeks. Better yet, if every single employee on both payrolls covered just 15 minutes, we’d have both the mornings and the afternoons at that intersection covered for a full year. I’d be happy to set up a schedule if needed.

Has anyone thought to ask the PTSA for assistance? What about some of our local non-profit organizations?

There’s got to be some way to make this work besides waiting on someone else to step up.

Trina Baughn

P.S. Anyone got a spare vest and sign I could use?

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