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Akron rejects plea for crosswalk

Akron officials, while assuring a village resident that public safety is of utmost concern, say they cannot dictate to either private property owners or the state on traffic matters.

Robert Scheib of Brooklyn Street raised several issues at Monday's Village Board meeting relating to pedestrians using Buell Street (State Route 93) near a plaza containing Pixley's and several other businesses.

He expressed concern over the lack of a "crosswalk apron" on the east side of Buell and the lack of sidewalks on the west side, especially since many older residents walk to the plaza and many parents transport children there in buggies and wagons.

He also cited what he believes is "confusion" over the plaza's entrance and exit signs.

Mayor Carl Patterson said the village could send letters to the plaza owner and the state in an effort "to raise the level of concern." But, he added, the village has no authority to do things like install a crosswalk on a state road.

Akron recently asked the state to lower the speed limit on Buell within the village from 35 mph to 30, the maximum limit throughout the village, unless otherwise posted.

Village Attorney Daniel Shonn noted that's the type of action the village can "facilitate."

But the village cannot "write traffic orders" on private property or state and county highways, he added.

In another matter, Annette Adamczak thanked the board for assisting in getting county permission to pick up and drop off portable automatic external defibrillators at the county's Akron Falls Park during the sports season from April 1 to Nov. 1.

The Akron-Newstead community assisted in raising funds for the devices, which were dedicated last September. Adamczak's daughter, Emily Rose, 14, a freshman at Akron Central High School, who had a history of cardiac problems, died in June 2009 while playing soccer at the park's sports complex.

Referring to the defibrillator purchases and free CPR and other first-aid training offered locally, she said she's hopeful of "showing other communities how we did this here in Akron."

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