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City, school officials consider options to improve street safety

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City and school officials are considering several proposals aimed at making the street in front of West Side Elementary School safer for students to cross.

Cars zip down Polk Street, worrying parents like Anna Norris.

Norris, who has a son in the fifth grade and a daughter in the third, fears drivers could build up speed, roll down the sloping street and fly downhill right by her children's school.

"Yes, cars do speed. I'd love for the traffic to be slower around here," Norris said.

She may get her wish.

City and school officials are considering one option that would install a crosswalk and flashing lights, connecting the school to the other side of Polk Street.

Parents, like Jack Ison, said that option could work.

"It's always important to look out for what's in the best interest of the kids," Ison said.

The proposal, however, is controversial.

The city would construct a crosswalk that would lead to a sidewalk that would cut a path through some nearby woods and lead to Brown Avenue on the other side.

The path would pass right next to Drew Harding's home.

"It's just stupid, I think," Harding said.

Traffic flies by so fast, Harding said, putting in a crosswalk in the middle of Polk Street would put kids in danger.

"It's just too busy. It's just way too busy all the time," Harding said.

Randy Weiner, the school board chairman, said the safest option would install sidewalks along nearby streets leading down to Polk, reducing the chance of kids darting into the street as cars speed by.

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