Farmersville City Council considers putting crosswalks at Freedom Drive, Visalia Road
By Crystal Havner
Special to the Sun-Gazette
FARMERSVILLE – At the regularly scheduled August 27 meeting the council discussed the addition of two new crosswalks to aid in pedestrian safety. The crosswalks are to be placed on Freedom Drive and Visalia Road.
The potential location being considered on Freedom Drive is west of the softball field. High School Principal Lisa Whitworth confirmed the crosswalk is needed there for the students. Because vehicles are already traveling at a reduced speed in the school zone, a raised crosswalk with high-visibility pavement markings and associated signage was recommended. Total cost of the project estimated at $35,000.
A crosswalk at Shasta and Visalia Road is also being considered. There is an existing Edison pole in the way, but Edison has stated they will relocate the pole without any fees. Because vehicles travel at a greater speed and the roadway is wider, a high-visibility crosswalk with rapid flashing lights is recommended. The estimated cost of the project was $105,000. If a less expensive flashing light estimated at $50,000 is secured the cost will be approximately $70,000.
Farmersville Unified School Superintendent Randy DeGraw said, “Thank you for the crosswalk improvements. They make a huge difference in student safety. We should do anything we can to promote student safety.”
Police Chief Mario Krstic reminded people that drivers and pedestrians have to be responsible.
“We have had three fatalities in crosswalks,” said Krstic. “Yes, it might make it a little safer, but because we put stripes on the roadway does not make it completely safe. The safest place to cross is at a controlled intersection.”
The council also declared August 27th as Central Valley Premier Football Elite Boys 02 Soccer Team Day. The team was assembled in 2015. The coach is Roberto Gutienz and assistant coach is Alberto Geliciece.
In 2017 the team won the local Visalia League and won the President’s Cup for the California. They traveled to Utah and placed third in the National Tournament. In 2018 they again won the Visalia League and President’s Cup.
Mayor Paul Boyer said, “I think it is great to recognize these boys that have worked so hard, and their coaches. We need to promote positive things that the youth are doing.”
The council also started discussions about creating a new City committee that would promote local businesses. The City is looking at creating a board similar to the City of Woodlake which has an Economic Development Board that meets monthly. The function of the board would be similar to a Chamber of Commerce.