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Fruit Heights focuses on traffic, safety concerns
by Emily Thompson
Sep 22, 2011 | 1408 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FRUIT HEIGHTS — Safety concerns raised Tuesday night by a resident living near Burton Elementary could mean a meeting with the school’s principal is in order.

David Avery, who lives on Village Way, spoke of morning and afternoon traffic created by parents dropping off and picking up their children.

He drew diagrams and expressed dismay at the apparent lack of concern for student safety in his neighborhood.

Beyond speeding, Avery said there are many places where parents park their cars which create unsafe conditions on neighborhood streets.

As Burton is a walking-only school, a walkway easement was provided next to Avery’s home for students to travel from their immediate neighborhood to the school grounds.

But he said parents of children from surrounding neighborhoods are using the walkway as a drop-off location rather than driving their children to the front of the school, designated as an official drop-off zone.

City Manager Brandon Green said signs have been placed by the city in front of the sidewalks surrounding the walkways indicating No Parking or Stopping during the hour before and after school.

Avery and Green said the signs are doing nothing to stop parents from parking in those areas.

Avery said there have been many times when he can’t leave his own driveway because parents refuse to give up their pick-up line position.

He also said there is potential parking strip damage as children use them as waiting areas.

The proposed meeting could include representation from the Sheriff’s Office, which provides law enforcement to the city, as well as the school community council and PTA.

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