City to purchase new pedestrian traffic guards
By Kitty Conley email@example.com April 16, 2013 11:50AM
Updated: April 16, 2013 3:17PM
CROWN POINT — The Redevelopment Commission approved the purchase of additional pedestrian traffic guard-rails for use during special events.
These are more of the type the city used during the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day event on the square.
According to Diane Bosse, who runs the special events for the city, the new equipment contributed greatly to the safety of event attendees. Previously the city had used a system of “lollipops” holding up orange plastic snow fencing.
That was easy for pedestrians to squish down and go over. The new guard-rail system gives greater security.
The city had purchased 300 of the new ones with money from its recycling account, and will purchase another 300 using up to $25,000 from the Tax Increment Fincancing district proceeds.
Commission chairman and City Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-5th, questioned the need for spending ths money at this time.
Commission member and Councilman Mark Schweitzer, R-at large, replied, “I have seen them work with the lollipops and they are labor intensive. I have tried to pick up one, and just once.”
Since this purchase will use funds from the TIF district around the square the commissioners wanted to have the city attorney review the legality. If that is approved they voted to spend up to $25,000 for the purchase of additional pedestrian barricades.
The new equipment can be used during various other events in the city, including the 4th of July Parade, 5K runs and Oktoberfest.