Budget issues hinder additional South St. safety measures

No new South Street safety measures are planned to take place in the near future though student input and concerns will be taken into consideration,

The intersection of South and West streets has undergone many modifications to improve safety for pedestrians since the fall. (Jason Deschamps/TKS)

The intersection of South and West streets has undergone many modifications to improve safety for pedestrians since Fall 2012. (Jason Deschamps/TKS)

say city officials.

However, community concerns are not the only factors at play when considering additional safety measures according to Galesburg Mayor John Prichard.

“We’re fiscally trapped so all projects are being scrutinized,” Prichard said.

Prichard added that due to budget shortfalls there are no new capital projects included in the 2014 budget.

Students have two channels through which they can give input or share their concerns about South Street safety said Ward Four Alderman Corine Andersen.

“I think [students] have to talk to administrators of the college first,” Andersen said.

Prichard echoed this recommendation. Prichard said that the college and city remain in communication on several subject matters, and that concerns about pedestrian safety should be communicated to the administration or the Campus Safety office.

Students can also communicate with the city government more directly.

“I would also advise them to, either in writing, by phone or in person, register their concerns with the city manager,” Andersen said.

Prichard, who took office in April and was not working in the government at the time of the incident that took the life of Tundun Lawani ’14, said that as of now he has not received any feedback from students on pedestrian safety around campus.

However, he said that concerns voiced through the proper channels would find their way to the city council.

“It all starts with input,” Prichard said.

Both officials agreed that the repainted crosswalks as well as the installation of in-street stop signs have had a positive effect on South St. pedestrian safety.

Prichard said that South St. has been an area of “historically fast driving practices,” and that the new signs have effectively “controlled speed.”

Andersen said that the new signage has made drivers “more cognizant of the students.”  She also added that though there were some initial complaints from drivers, “people are getting used to it.”

As a community member who uses South St. multiple times a day Andersen also stressed pedestrian awareness as a necessity in eliminating the potential for another accident.

Julian Boireau
Julian Boireau is a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in French. This is his fourth year working for TKS, having served as co-news editor during his sophomore and junior years. He has been involved in journalism for seven years, serving as opinions editor of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, California. In September 2012, Julian received press credentials to attend the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, where he reported on remarks by President Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He is also the recipient of back-to-back first place awards from the Illinois College Press Association for front page layout.

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