WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Village of West Lafayette will continue to study the topic of whether to convert several traffic lights into four way stops.
Village council, as well as several local citizens, voiced their feelings on the topic during council's meeting, Sept. 14.
Mayor Jack Patterson said he felt that the traffic light at Main and Kirk streets should stay in place due to the heavier traffic flow in that area but felt that the lights at Main and Oak, as well as Russell and Oak could be converted to four way stops.
Police chief Terry Mardis said he had "mixed feelings about the topic" and felt there would be pros and cons both ways.
Several citizens attending the session offered their own comments on the topic.
Resident Jim Fleming said he recalled the same issue was presented by council about 20 years ago but no action ever proceeded.
Fleming said he was "100 percent for it. Some of the lights take a long time changing which is a waste of gasoline."
Fleming said eliminating traffic lights and having a four way stops would also be a savings on electricity for the village as well.
Resident Phil Shearrow voiced concern about several of the areas for potential four way stops being located in dangerous areas, having obscure driveways or driveways too close to the intersection. Shearrow also voiced concern about whether council would make a decision on the matter in an urgent status.
Mayor Patterson informed Shearrow that the topic would be studied further and very thoroughly before any decision is made. Patterson said council will continue taking comments and making considerations on the matter.
Village administrator David Kadri informed council that the process of converting traffic lights to four way stops usually takes about five months to complete. Resident Darin Welker suggested the village try utilizing a four way flashing signal for evening hours, then return to the traffic light during the daytime.
The following items were approved by village council:
* A policy for the village's Internet and e-mail system.
* Accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission, authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county tax auditor.
* Transferring $8,000 from the general fund to the pool fund due to several negative factors that created poor revenue for the pool this past summer season. The pool required excessive chemicals due to a leak of unknown origin and the weather has been cooler this summer.
* Transferring funds within the water and sanitary sewer funds for contractual services (replacement of one of the water well pumps).
* Amending the 2009 benefit and pay schedule. Village employees were requesting to have the opportunity to take half days for their PTO instead of a fill day. The village also needed to clarify the meaning of overtime.
* Approval to complete an Issue II application to repave Oak Street next year. Several council members voiced concern about applying for the funding when they are unsure what the village's financial status will be for 2010. Village administrator informs them that the application deadline is Nov. 6. He felt that they could go ahead and apply, then decline the funding if they felt that the village has insufficient finances to complete the paving project. Kadri said there are at least three streets in the village that are in great need of repaving. Those streets are: The west bound lane of Main Street, Oak Street and Russell Avenue. Council felt that Oak Street was the worst condition of the three and should be considered first and foremost.
Village council later entered executive session for a third time to discuss public employee benefits and personnel. Action unknown.