CHESTER - The traffic through Chester is not flowing as it should, so Chester City Council wants to accelerate some fixes.
Mayor Ken Morris said at Monday's council meeting he's especially concerned about two issues - the traffic light at the intersection of Third Street and Carolina Avenue and the lack of working school crossing signs on Carolina Avenue/state Route 2.
The traffic signal on Third Street has been blinking for weeks, Morris said, and it's caused several accidents.
"It works in the warm weather, but when it gets cold, it starts flashing," Morris said.
The signal started working properly again on Monday afternoon, when temperatures reached 60 degrees.
"The weather's been a factor with that light for a long time," Morris said.
The mayor said the "motherboard" inside needs to be repaired or replaced. The only problem is that may take some time because the West Virginia Traffic Engineering Division has limited resources.
"Apparently, there are only two guys in the state of West Virginia who work on traffic signals," Morris said. "They put you on a list, and when they get to you, they get to you."
The school crossing signs can't wait, Morris said. So, on Monday, council authorized the purchase of new parts - wiring, a timer and light bulbs - to fix the two signs that alert Carolina Avenue traffic to children walking to and from Allison Elementary School.
"There are kids that walk to school," Morris said. "I just see a need for us to get that back and operating."
The signs face eastbound and westbound traffic and flash only during times when children walk to and from school. When the signs are flashing, the speed limit is supposed to be 15 mph, Morris said.
In other business Monday, council:
Hired Michael Kanaby, of East Liverpool, as the new part-time city maintenance employee. He replaces longtime maintenance man Lonnie Stockdale, who is retiring. Kanaby will start Dec. 17, the same day Stockdale will be honored at the city's year-end luncheon.
Learned the year-end performance awards for city employees will be $500 for full-time employees and $250 for part-time employees.
Met the new city police officer, Markas Dunlevy, who has started working but still must attend the West Virginia State Police Academy.
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