Mt. Lebanon signals need to be upgraded

Published Apr 23, 2014 at 6:32 am (Updated Apr 21, 2014 at 11:39 am)

In an ever-continuing effort to protect Mt. Lebanon’s most precious assets, our children, I have proposed that the electronic school signals be upgraded to enable them to operate correctly.

The main problem occurs when there is a school delay. Normally, when there is a delay, school starts at 10 a.m. However, the electronic signs flash at their normal early morning time and do not flash during an adjusted, later time, such as 9:45-10:15 a.m. With that situation, our more than 5,000 students are at greater risk going to school.

I first proposed the upgrade of the electronic school signs to the Traffic Board on Sept. 4, 2013. Nothing was done, so I spoke to the board a second time on Jan. 8. At that time, I informed them that I had spoken to several school principals and Father Dave at St. Bernard’s. I had the approval of Dr. Steinhauer and that of the PTA. As a matter of fact, the PTA sent a representative to the second meeting I spoke at to support the cause.

On Feb. 4, I again spoke to the Traffic Board. At this meeting, the board voted to recommend upgrading the 19 electronic signs in Mt. Lebanon. Now, the “ball” is in the commissioners court. The cost is estimated at $36,000-$38,000. This amounts to a little above $1 per person in Mt. Lebanon, or $7.50 per student.

What is the worth of saving a child’s life?

Budget concerns are important, but the liability of not taking corrective action could amount to much more than the cost of the upgrade.

We are a walking community.

R.H. Olmo

Mt. Lebanon

Electronic signals need to be upgraded

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