But at $25,000 for the complete set? At a time when some Councilmembers are pushing to establish a parcel tax for as yet not completely detailed reasons having something to do with the Library? But perhaps not exclusively so?
On Tuesday the matter of purchasing several Solar Powered Flashing Crosswalk Signs will be discussed at what could be a City Council meeting that establishes a new record for spending money. Which we will discuss tomorrow. They're gearing up to move some truly serious cash into the outbox.
Here is a link to info on those Solar Powered Flashing Crosswalk Signs from the appropriate staff report. It establishes the perils faced by each and all every time they dare to cross one of Sierra Madre's busy streets. Upon reading this report you might wonder why many have not died so far.
None have, but that hardly means someone won't in the future, as I am sure some concerned soul will want to mention. You can never be too safe, I suppose.
But perhaps more to the point is the following news article one reader found, published by Lawrence University in famous Appleton, Wisconsin. It discusses the kind of sign Sierra Madre's City Council will consider Tuesday evening, but with all of the available bells and whistles attached. Including a camera that stores footage of each time a pedestrian dares to cross the road. Just in case anything might happen, or you have a need to view videos of pedestrians getting run over by cars.
This is not to say Sierra Madre is thinking about this kind of accessory for their Solar Powered Flashing Crosswalk Signs, I don't think they are. At least not yet. But isn't it comforting to know that such a thing is available? We should never want the city to run out of things to buy.
The article is called "New crosswalk cameras on College Ave. designed to improve campus pedestrian safety" and you can link to this in its original place here.
So there you go. The world just keeps getting more complicated all of the time.