September 1, 2014

Edgerton resident requests lights for school zone

Edgerton City Council members are considering putting flashing lights in the school zone near Edgerton Elementary.

One local resident spoke during the public comments period of the Sept. 9 council meeting and introduced the concept to the governing body, adding that the lights should flash while school is in session.

He cited the recent death of 7-year-old Kade Meyer, a student at Madison Elementary, as a major reason for supporting the installation of lights in the school zone. Kade was struck by a vehicle near Madison on Sept. 2.

City Superintendent Mike Mabrey said he has been approached by at least one Edgerton resident who complained about motorists driving through the school zone at speeds of up to 50 mph when a crossing guard isn’t present.

According to USD 231 officials, police officers generally act as crossing guards for some local schools, while others use teachers, paraprofessionals and even volunteers.

City Administrator David Dillner said he will speak to USD 231 officials and representatives from Kansas City Power and Light about the price to purchase and install flashing lights for the school zone on and near the premises of Edgerton Elementary. The city plans to ask both entities to help pay for those costs, Dillner added.

— Corbin H. Crable

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