Students are pleased with results of their work, safety issues have been addressed by county

Ed Paraini, Phil Ortega and county engineer Mike Kuntz with students who have worked hard to make WC school zones safer.
Ed Paraini, Phil Ortega and county engineer Mike Kuntz with students who have worked hard to make WC school zones safer.

A small group of Eagle Point High School students has improved safety in White City and are going to work on improving safety around Little Butte School.
Six students from the EPHS Leadership class volunteered last year to fulfill their community service project by addressing safety issues around the three White City schools.

Last week, five of the students (one has graduated) met with interim
county engineer Mike Kuntz to officially thank the county for
improvements made based on the their recommendations and to try to get
direction for additional improvements they see need to be made.
percent of the students walk to White Mountain Middle School, which
means nearly all have to cross Ave. G. There were no crosswalk signs on
Ave. G and no school zone sign on Wilson Road. Avenue H has no speed
limit signs which means it follows basic rule. The students listed 75
crosswalks and signs needed in the three-school area. These ranged from
"no parking here to corner" to numerous school zone signs. Students
also found 29 signs that were not visible because brush had grown
around them.
Over the past year students worked with the
county, addressed the now defunct White City Youth Against Drugs,
school principals and finally the county commissioners.
a direct result of their effort, four crosswalk signs were placed at
White Mountain and the 29 signs were cleaned and made visible.
students were very pleased with what has been done, they expressed
concern over inconsistent speeds on Ave. G and lack of control on Ave.
Kuntz, who was recently appointed to his position
although he has been a long-term county employee, is new to the
project. He said a traffic study had been done by the state one year
ago and, by law, have to wait two years between state traffic studies
unless there is a specific exemption. One sensed students were not
altogether happy with the state law and questioned how it could be
Phil Ortega, school safety officer, expressed the
district’s appreciation to Ed Pariani, a community member, who guided
the project, to the students and to the county. He said the student’s
work opened his eyes to the safety issues. He is in beginning stages of
working with the students to look at safety improvements in Eagle Point
around Little Butte School. He said he has had preliminary discussion
with the city’s public works director, Robert Miller.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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