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Father shares safety concerns with council

City’s crosswalks poorly marked, man says after daughter hit on Main St.

Staff writer

The father of a girl whose leg was fractured when she was hit by a car last week as she rode her bike across Main St. spoke to city council members Monday about a number of safety concerns.

Bret Stultz said many Marion crosswalks are poorly marked.

“Some of them have signs and some of them don’t,” Stultz said. “Some have signs and no stripes. I think some of them need marked a little better.”

The crosswalk at 5th St. and Main St., where his daughter was hit by a car, has lines but no signs, he pointed out.

Stultz also said he’s noticed people driving too fast on both Main St. and residential streets. He’s had other drivers pass his car on the right side as he slows down to make a left turn on Main St., he said.

A digital speed sign, such as the city used to have on Main, could remind people to slow down, he said. He asked if the sign could be put up again.

Police chief Jeffrey Clinton said the sign is put away in the winter, but will be returned when the weather warms up.

Stultz asked if crossing guards can be assigned to crosswalks on Main St. City council members said the school district arranges crossing guards.

Stultz said after the meeting that he will talk with USD 408 school superintendent Aaron Homburg about having more crossing guards present when children are going to and coming home from school.

Last modified March 12, 2020