LAYTON -- Parents are asking city leaders to pro-actively address a potential hazard involving 80 school children who could have to walk to school in a busy area of roadway on the city's west side, which has no sidewalk.
Lara Mountford, of Syracuse, used the citizen comments portion of a recent meeting to alert city leaders about a potential traffic hazard near the borders of Layton and Syracuse for area elementary school students.
She said officials from the Davis County School District have alerted parents of school children from Sand Springs Elementary School in two subdivisions that bus service for the school will be canceled for the 2014-2015 school year. She said the service was scheduled for cancelation this year but parents convinced the district to continue the service for one year. She represented a group of parents in bringing the issue to the attention of city
A spokesman for the district, Chris Williams, confirmed school officials have decided not to cancel the bus service to the area for the upcoming year. He estimated the cost of the service to be at about $14,000 for the year. He said they hope Layton city will potentially address the lack of sidewalks in the area.
Mountford said the loss of bus service will leave as many as 80 children to walk to school on Gentile to the intersection of 3200 West. It impacts the Island View subdivision in Layton located at approximately 3700 West and the Harmony Bluff subdivision in Syracuse located between 550 and 575 West.
Mountford said the distance to the school from both subdivisions is up to .7 of a mile.
There is a section along Gentile Avenue of 1,800 feet where there is no sidewalk and children will be required to walk in the road, in order to make it to school.
"It will be a nightmare for rush hour drives and risks the lives of these children," Mountford said.
She said the speed limit in the impacted area is 40 miles per hour.
"No one is complaining we have to walk. We just need a safe way to walk down to the Syracuse border," Mountford said.
She asked city leaders to look at their budget to see if they could address the sidewalk problem in the area.
Mayor Stephen Curtis thanked Mountford for bringing the issue to the attention of the city and said he is sure by working together something can be done to address the problem.
"We will be working on it. It is an important issue. Our kids are our future," Curtis said.
Mountford said she has been pleased with the city's reaction to the concern. She noted Councilman Jory Francis, a councilman from the west side who is running for mayor, advised parents in the region on how to approach the council about the problem. Francis was not at the meeting where the presentation was made.