A resolution up for a City Council vote Monday calls for purchasing solar panels and 48 red flasher bars at a cost of $52,560.
Monday's Special Meeting
is 7 p.m.
in Municipal Court
325 Watchung Ave.
The intersections are listed as:
Belvidere Avenue and Ravine Road
Watchung Avenue and Kensington Avenue
Hillside Avenue and Prospect Avenue
Hillside Avenue and Evergreen Avenue
North Avenue and Berckman Street
West Ninth Street and Arlington Avenue
West Eighth Street and Field Avenue
West Eighth Street and Spooner Avenue
West Eighth Street and Hobart Avenue
West Third Street and Monroe Avenue
West Fourth Street and Monroe Avenue
Grant Avenue and Sherman Avenue
The four-way stops were installed following a fatal accident at Arlington Avenue and Ninth Street last year. The idea was to slow down speeders and people who were running regular stop signs, but some drivers ignored the new signs out of habit and lack of attention. The background memo said that besides painted markings at the stops, the LED alerts would "support awareness."
The public may comment on the resolution before the vote.
The request for LED lights comes as land use boards have denied the use of LED signs at two churches. Officials of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church had requested use of such lights in 2014 to give parishioners quick updates. At Wednesday's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, the board asked representatives of Shiloh Baptist Church to remove a flashing LED sign that was installed without city permission, and they agreed. The church was there on a different matter, the consolidation of parking on the block. It was noted that the sign at St. Mary's had been denied.
Although LED signs are not a permitted use, in 2014 it was mentioned that a 2010 ordinance outlawing LED lights was under review.