Letter: Which one of our kids isn’t worth $4M?

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Editor,

The case of the 136th Street high school crosswalk redesign epitomizes why Carmel needs to improve how (and if) it interacts with citizens before making decisions.

It was known in advance (not by the public) that a study on this safety issue would be presented at the Feb. 18 city council meeting. It was then announced in newspapers as a decision. Resulting discussion in social media led to a sitting councilor aggressively defending the decision and ignoring constituents’ opinions.

I’m one of many who think some of the study’s assertions and methods are flawed. I reject the ideas that students can’t be made to use a bridge, that a low incident rate guarantees no serious future incidents and that $4 million is too much money to protect our kids, especially considering what we spend on other amenities. There’s much more, but it won’t fit in this letter.

I’ve long been concerned about school zone safety as a Carmel schools parent. Then I drove a Carmel school bus for three years through that CHS crossing—now I’m alarmed. Other school crosswalks need safety improvement, too.

Our representatives should suspend this decision and begin interactive public discussion.

Dave Hommel, candidate for the Carmel City Council’s southeast district

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