What municipal staff were hoping would be a permanent solution to re-routing children who walk to school around the construction site at the former Morrisburg Collegiate Institute, may not be so permanent.
Council discussed the move of the crossing guard to the intersection of Ottawa and Second Streets, away from its former location at Ottawa and Alice Street, at the Oct. 2 council meeting.
The move now has children crossing Ottawa at Second Street, travelling second street between two painted lines denoting a sidewalk to the four way stop at St. Lawrence Street where they are to cross into the school yard.
The problem is that children are reportedly darting across Second Street at various locations making for a very dangerous situation.
“Our staff have done their best with a very challenging situation of not having a sidewalk there,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, who reported that the school board chair wants to work together with the municipality to find a better solution.
“The possibility of children darting across the street is an issue and he considers safety paramount,” said Byvelds, who attended a meeting with the board chair last week.
From that meeting, South Dundas chief administrative officer Stephen McDonald reports that the municipality and the board are working in partnership and are presently discussing alternatives.
South Dundas councillor Jim Graham inquired about the cost of the municipality hiring a second crossing guard to get children across Second Street.
The CAO estimated the cost to the municipality at about $600 per month.
“It’s an additional expense, but I’d sure as hell rather spend the money than see somebody get killed,” said Graham.
As of press time there had been no changes to the route, and no additional crossing guards were on site.