Wellsville students need better walking routes to school, says asst. principal

WELLSVILLE — Students who walk to school need safer walkways, Willow Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Stacie Gomm told City Council Wednesday. Gomm told the council about the School Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) plan, designating specific and safe walking routes for students traveling to and from the school. She talked the council through the routes and asked for permission to contact Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) about changes to the route along Highway 23. “UDOT has money and they have it set aside for SNAP plans,” Gomm said. She asked the council to consider establishing crosswalks at five intersections, to “align all those adjoining sidewalks,” but said she understood that everything costs money. “The day we see a child get hit is the day we see crossing zones,” Gomm said. Two secondary goals Gomm had for the city are school or school crossing zone signs throughout the designated walking routes and the enforcement of clear sidewalks in winter. Gomm said she’d hate to see the students walking in the road in winter. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a kid walk on the sidewalk,” Councilman Jackie Orton said. Orton lives in the Red Slide area of Wellsville and said he sees students ignoring the sidewalks year-round.

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