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From the left, Elgin City Councilman Fred Guevara listens to Mayor JJ Francais during a meeting Tuesday at Elgin City Hall. The council took steps to improve traffic safety around First and K streets, including placing a stop sign at the intersection.
From the left, Elgin City Councilman Fred Guevara listens to Mayor JJ Francais during a meeting Tuesday at Elgin City Hall. The council took steps to improve traffic safety around First and K streets, including placing a stop sign at the intersection.

 

ELGIN – Elgin City Council took steps Tuesday to improve traffic safety at First and K streets.

 

The council voted 3-0 to place a stop sign at First and K in hopes of getting drivers to slow down on First. The city will attach flags to the sign to alert westbound drivers, along with a light to alert eastbound drivers.

Those who live near First and K had asked city officials to take steps that would make the intersection safer, said Mayor JJ Francais.

“Basically, I’ve got residents on First Street who just want there to be a break on First so it’s not a straightaway, so we can have the Indianapolis instead of the Indianapolis 500,” he said.

Councilman Fred Guevara said he thought putting a stop sign at that intersection would protect children who live in the area.

“It may be weird and uncomfortable for everybody initially, but I kind of feel like I’d rather be on that side of it than somebody getting hurt,” he said.

In another move designed to make the area around First and K safer, the council voted 3-0 to lower the speed limit from K Street to Keeney Road on First to 15 mph.

In other business, the council:

  • Authorized the city to create the position of full-time firefighter, with a pay rate of $15 to $18 per hour. The firefighter will be hired by the mayor and the fire chief but report to the chief.
  • Created the position of part-time volunteer coordinator, who will work up to 40 hours per month and be paid $15 per hour. The volunteer coordinator will report to the city’s roads employee.
  • Discussed adopting a new city logo but did not vote on it. Francais will present other design options for the logo to the council in February.

Ward 2 Councilman Eric Bradford resigned from the council on Monday, citing personal problems. Bradford has also resigned from his teaching position at Elgin High School.