I have witnessed the loading and unloading of students for 30 years, including the daily turnarounds in my driveway, without incident.
Statistics don’t lie. For 87 years, twice a day, every day, students have been dropped off and picked up by parents without a single accident. This crossing at Beaver Street during rush hour may be the safest place on the planet. Statistics and logical thinking prove it extremely unlikely that there will ever be an accident. We have congestion. This does not mean that we have a safety problem.
Congestion slows down traffic and makes it less likely that accidents will occur. You refer to the congestion situation as a safety problem, as justification for a rash plan to acquire property and destroy a neighborhood.
I attended the traffic study meeting with Dr. (Joseph) Marrone and other members of the Leetsdale neighborhood affected by your process. I observed that the company hired has performed similar work for the school board in the past. It was my conclusion that the person to be hired to perform the study was far from neutral regarding the proposed plan. At least four times during the meeting, he referred to your plan as the solution. He stated that the congestion problem I a safety problem. He is not a neutral party. You will pay him and he will be in your pocket. He will support what you have already determined to be the solution. This traffic study is a waste of time and money since it will be performed by your hired “expert,” not a neutral party.
The Community will continue to propose logical alternatives that do not include destruction of a neighborhood, alternatives which you should have considered prior to buying property.
The Community is upset with your process. It now views you as predators. You have crept up on the neighborhood to take and destroy what is not yours—and you are doing it with our tax money.