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Where do we put the new stoplight?

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 3:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 3:21 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley City Council members are still debating where to put a traffic signal for the elementary school district, but they have plenty of time to make their decision.

“This project won’t even start for two years,” Mayor Walt Marini said.

The signal is part of the Safe Route For Schools program, but after discussions with Illinois Department of Transportation, officials discovered the estimated time for the project is two years away.

The streets and alleys committee discussed putting a stoplight at Route 6 and Richards Street or Route 6 and Strong, ultimately coming to a consensus on Route 6 and Strong.

Since then there have been others asking for a signal at other streets and accusing the council of not doing their due diligence, according to alderman Chuck Hansen.

“This is obviously a controversial subject,” Hansen said,

Hansen said there will be many more meetings on the subject before any decisions will be made and that includes a probable meeting with the elementary school board.

In other business:

• The council passed a resolution in support of the IDOT Transportation Enhancement Program.

• Council members also passed an ordinance establishing the salaries of city employees.

• They approved a contract with Fire Services Inc. for a E-one Pumper contingent on review and approval of the city attorney.

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