FULTON, Ill. — Ordinances approved by the Fulton City Council this week address the safety of students before and after school.
A crossing guard ordinance approved Tuesday night will empower voluntary crossing guards to “direct, control and regulate traffic according to rules established by the Chief of Police.” City Attorney Bill Shirk drafted a short ordinance, as required by state statute, to grant that power to these individuals.
“When they say stop they (drivers) have to stop,” Shirk said.
City Administrator Randy Balk said the school district will provide volunteers for the crossing guard position. Interim Police Chief Dave Bartels will sit down with the volunteers and explain how he wants them to do things.
“I think this is a good idea that the school has stepped forward with volunteers to do this,” Balk said.
Bartels told the council he plans on placing the crossing guards at the following intersections: Seventh Avenue and 12th Street, 10th Avenue and 12th Street, and 14th Avenue and 12th Street. Balk mentioned a recent fender bender on 10th Avenue.
“Sometimes people lose rhythm of who goes next,” Balk said. “So having someone to monitor the young people walking across is a good thing.”
The council also passed an ordinance to restrict parking along 12th Avenue between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Bartels and the Public Works Department have worked with the district to limit traffic during school pickup and dropoff.
Balk told the council that due to parking changes the school has made, they are not sure if the ordinance will be needed. However, public works is ready with signage in case it is. He wanted to pass the ordinance now and have it on the books in case the school wants to move forward with it later.
The ordinance originally listed the restricted area from 20 feet north of the intersection with Seventh Avenue and to 40 feet north of the north edge of the school’s sidewalk. Bartels recommended instead that it go all the way from Seventh Avenue to Fourth Avenue. The ordinance was passed with that change.