A new crosswalk will be appearing on Allen Street near WCA Hospital in the near future.
During Monday's Public Safety Committee meeting, members discussed putting another crosswalk near the hospital.
"We had a request from WCA Hospital for a crosswalk on Allen Street," said Stephen Szwejbka, I-Ward 1.
Councilman Stephen Szwejbka reviews items discussed at a Public Safety Committee meeting during Monday’s City Council Work Session.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
Currently, there is a crosswalk on Foote Avenue in front of the hospital. The speed limit is reduced in that area, and there are signs stating that vehicles must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The proposed crosswalk on Allen Street would connect Starflight and the hospital employee parking lot to the actual hospital campus.
"I think it's worth looking into as far as Allen Street," said Paul Whitford, D-Ward 4. "There is a lot of traffic, obviously because of Starflight, and the employee parking lot is over there, so I certainly think we aught to at least take a look at it."
Maria Jones, D-Ward 5, suggested that, like on Foote Avenue, the appropriate signs be placed along Allen Street to inform drivers of the crosswalk.
The crosswalk on Foote Avenue required state cooperation, however Allen Street is a city road, so no further communication is required.
Additionally at Monday's Public Safety Committee meeting, Daniel Myers, a concerned citizen, spoke. He had written a letter regarding a large gathering of youth on Sept. 5.
According to Myers' report, more than 100 youths were walking between a home on Wilton Avenue and a Kwik Fill gas station on Forest Avenue. He said he and his wife phoned dispatch twice before officers arrived on the scene.
Myers requested that calls from the public be taken more seriously. He also inquired at the meeting about curfew times in the city.
"There was a large gathering of a group of juveniles, and there was a miscommunication with dispatch, how it was dispatched. There were some concerns about curfew violations," said Harry Snellings, police chief. "We are going to look into it and see what happened."
Snellings reported that, in Jamestown, curfew is 10 p.m. for children ages 15 and younger.