WESTERNPORT - With a decision by the mayor and town council of Westernport, plus a communication from the local elementary school principal, a crossing guard will continue to be furnished by the town both in the morning and afternoon for students crossing in the area near where the former St. Peter's School was located.
By Jean Braithwaite
WESTERNPORT - With a decision by the mayor and town council of Westernport, plus a communication from the local elementary school principal, a crossing guard will continue to be furnished by the town both in the morning and afternoon for students crossing in the area near where the former St. Peter’s School was located.
Tiffany Moran, a teacher at the Westernport Elementary School, read the letter from the school’s principal Alexa Fazenbaker, who was unable to attend the council meeting.
The letter said that crossing guards had previously been at certain streets throughout the community for over 50 years, with only one guard now being used on Church Street, near the former St. Peter’s School.
Other wording in the letter said that a nearby resident counted the vehicles that traveled through Church Street area in the 8-8:50 a.m. time frame and there were “nearly 100 vehicles” going through the street.
Also, among the comments in the letter was the information that some Westernport Elementary students are driven by parents to school, while others walk alone and need to cross over Church Street.
“We want our town to thrive, and the school will partner with the town,” to provide crossing guards, was part of the comments in the letter.
Mayor Laura Legge did announce that the crossing guards would continue to assist students at the Church Street Crossing.
Moran then said, “We sincerely thank you for continuing with the crossing guards.”
In other business, a first reading of a proposed ordinance was given by Westernport’s town attorney, Michel Llewellyn, dealing with prohibiting the use of ATVs and go carts on the town’s roads.
He said the wording of the proposed ordinance was taken from the state law for ATVs and similar type vehicles.
The first reading was passed by council members and a second reading is required and approved before it becomes effective.
Members of the audience wanted to know if the new ordinance would include riding lawn mowers.
Mayor Legge also had a concern with riding lawn mowers on the town’s roads when she said that Westernport has an elderly population, and “Lawn mowers are driven from yard to yard to mow for the elderly,” and she was hopeful this particular practice did not stop.
A new water commissioner was named during the meeting, and approved was Matt Rae, and he will be filling the unexpired water commissioner spot formerly held by Judy Hamilton, who now serves as police commissioner.