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City Council passes resolution to promote pedestrian safety

Last Modified: Thursday, March 06, 2014 12:50 PM

By Justin Phillips / American Press

It didn’t take long for City Council President Luvertha August to generate progress on one of her latest resolutions.

In a recent agenda meeting, August voiced her concern for pedestrian safety after reading an article in the American Press listing Lake Charles as having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities among the state’s eight metropolitan areas.

August proposed a resolution asking that the city initiate a campaign to promote pedestrian safety through public service ads and signs, by working with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, and by enforcing jaywalking ordinances with adults.

During Wednesday’s regular City Council meeting, the resolution was approved.

“My point is, everything has a starting place, and I felt that the city of Lake Charles, since it was in big headlines that we had the highest rate of pedestrian deaths, that we should take the initiative to promote this program,” August said. “I would prefer that the city took the initiative and came up with some ideas.”

Mayor Randy Roach told August that the planning department was making headway and that the information would be presented to her at a later time.

The council approved an ordinance to raise the salary of one of the administrative positions within the Fire Department. The ordinance will raise the research and planning officer’s annual pay from $22,256 to $39,124.80. Roach and Fire Chief Keith Murray said the pay would be competitive when compared to similar positions in other communities.

“The reason for the ordinance is to get it to a level that is a little more competitive in the open market,” Roach said.

Even though there is a moratorium on shoreline alterations, the council approved an ordinance authorizing an exemption. City attorney Billy Loftin said the work being done on the shoreline pertaining to the ordinance was part of an ongoing process.

The placement of concrete, rock and dirt would be for shoreline stabilization, Loftin said. Councilman John Ieyoub said he did not receive any opposition from the constituents within his district regarding the exception.

The council also accepted the lowest responsible bids on six pickup trucks and one compact excavator for use by different divisions within the Public Works Department. An ordinance authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Sterling Automotive Group for five sedans for use by the Lake Charles Police Department was also passed.

Posted By: tired of taking blame On: 3/7/2014

Title: Inattentive drivers

Pedestrian death more likely the result of inattentive drivers talking, texting ,sexting, and a slew of other things other than paying attention to the road. Not to mention the lack of safe walking areas like sidewalks, but there is an abundance of ditches I guess they can utilize seeing as that is the other most abundant option other than walking in the street. People want to exercise and be health but they are restricted by the avenue of choices they have, and city council wants to blame them when they try to make do, sounds about right.

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