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Our Opinion: Traffic signal warranted

July 12, 2001

The Calexico City Council, seated as the Calexico Redevelopment Agency, made the right choice recently when it approved placing traffic signals at the intersection of Meadows Road and Highway 98. These signals will make it much safer for young people to make their way to and from Calexico High School.

We do understand there are concerns about how the project would be funded. Council members have said the cost of the project should not exceed $1.2 million, and they want to see if the project can be funded through other revenue sources along with funds from the RDA. The council will consider the issue at its meeting next week.

Council members seem to be serious about making the project happen, and it makes sense to find other revenue sources beyond RDA funds. From information during a recent meeting, the cost of the project would completely use up all existing RDA moneys. We do not want to see all such funds go to one project when there may be others that are equally deserving of funding.

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It makes sense to look for funding elsewhere in city funds.

The council deserves credit for sending a message to city staffers and to the community that it will do what it can to bring the project to fruition. We understand this is a project that has been discussed for a number of years. It is time to make it happen.

It is the council's job to try to make the city as safe as possible for those who reside there. If the council and city staffers believe a section of the city is not safe because the area lacks the proper traffic signals, it is their job to address the issue.

City staffers said they have sought federal funding for the project but have not succeeded. It is good to see city officials are not dropping the issue. In the end, we think the project will become a reality, and we wish city officials luck in squaring away the funding issue. It is never easy to talk about tapping into city funds, but sometimes it is necessary for the benefit — and in this case the safety — of city residents.

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