I was a member of the Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee for its first year, and Alan Stout is being kind when he implies that they've only been trying to get those signs back since the summer. It's been high on their agenda since day one, and it boggles my mind that they have been thwarted for so long.
So here are the reasons I have been told about why we don't have signs to keep our citizens and shoppers safe as they cross various parts of Main Street:
- They must be brought in at night and the police doesn't have the manpower.
- Even though volunteers have been approached
- Even though the DOT will permit them to be out all night
- The DOT has to give permission before we can put them back
- The village board claims they sent in the request, but sitting around and waiting strains credibility when people have phones in their offices . . . how about calling to see if you can walk this one through?
- A town in Texas was found liable when a drunk driver hit a boulder that was in the middle of the road
- I don't want to embarrass the elected official who made the comparison between a plastic sign and a boulder in writing, but it's tempting
- They make it too difficult to turn for trucks
- They're plastic signs, remember?
- They cost too much to replace
- The cost about three hundred bucks apiece. How much are you willing to spend so senior citizens can feel safe crossing from Starbucks to P&G's?
- The village Department of Public Works is concerned about their plows
- Don't put them out in the snow.
We really have too many fiefdoms represented to make this idea happen. Unification, anyone?