City Council turned down a proposal for a new crosswalk in Sedalia Monday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Mayor Elaine Horn:
Council considered a crosswalk in front of the Boonslick Library, but decided they did not want to spend money for an engineer on what they felt was a bad idea. “The thought is, is that on each end of this block, which is just an average block, it’s not an extra-long one or anything, that there are four-way stops on each end of that, and that it would be good to just utilize that,” said Horn, “When you have a crosswalk in the middle of of a block, that’s never been there, it creates a safety hazard because folks aren’t used to stopping for that, they’re not used to looking for people just walking across the street.”
Council also hear an update on the city’s sidewalk program. This is the first year the city set aside funds to repair and install new sidewalks. Horn said so far they have used about $80,000 of the $100,000 that was budgeted. The plan is to use the rest of the funds by then end of the city’s budget year. They hope to work through the winter if possible, but may have to wait until spring.