A crowd overfilled Swarthmore Borough’s Council Room to appeal for the hiring of a crossing guard for children walking between Swarthmore-Rutledge School and their homes south of Yale Avenue.
Rutgers Avenue has been suggested as the most sensible location for a guard, whose hiring would cost $5,000 to $7,000 per year. Parents at the meeting pushed for funding as soon as possible.
Haverford Place resident Dianne Hull says that Yale Avenue at Rutgers will apparently be the site of an enhanced crosswalk (with pedestrian-activated warning lights), but she questions whether that will provide adequate protection for elementary schoolers on one of the borough’s three busiest roads. She notes that the borough employs three crossing guards on Swarthmore and Chester Avenues, each at an intersection controlled by traffic lights or stop signs.
“South of Yale” neighbors will present their case for a crossing guard to the borough’s public safety committee at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The session will begin with a public comment period.