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Signaling change?

Traffic light could pave way for student parking at South Campus

Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:56 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 3:12 p.m. CDT

CHANNAHON — Stops and starts aren’t usually desirable on thoroughfares, but many residents in Channahon will be happy to hear a traffic signal will soon be in place on U.S. 6, in front of Minooka Community High School — South Campus.

Homeowners who live in sections of Hunter’s Crossing adjacent to the high school have had problems with sometimes-rowdy students parking on the streets in front of their houses, leaving trash behind, speeding, and even yelling obscenities at them. The school’s policy, in effect since its opening, was to not allow students to park in the school lot.

Former Superintendent Dr. David Middleton had explained that it would be too dangerous for brand new drivers to enter and exit onto the busy U.S. 6.

In the last couple of years, however, traffic studies were performed and the Illinois Department of Transportation approved signalization at the site. This week, the Channahon Village Board approved two resolutions related to the lights. The measures put responsibility for payment of the construction of the signals on the high school district.

Liabilities from the construction and maintenance are also the district’s responsibility. The village and the school district will share 50/50 in costs of maintenance and electricity for the signals, as well as repairs due to vandalism or auto accident damage. After the lights are installed, it will be up to the high school board whether or not to change policy to allow student parking on campus.

Also at this week’s Channahon Village Board meeting, Mike Ritoff and Dr. Karin Evans requested early funding of the newly-formed Channahon Economic Development Council. The village had set aside $50,000 in its budget this year for the CEDC, which was to be matched by the CEDC, but organizers requested at least $5,000 be given to them now to hire a firm to design a logo.

The board agreed and went a little farther, granting $10,000 to get started with the logo, letterheads, and other marketing needed to get the council off the ground.

The village board Monday also agreed to pay the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency $11,640 for the village to participate in the community water supply testing program for a one-year period beginning July 1.

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