The Cedaredge police chief has noted an unexplained large decline in youth activity at the Cedaredge Skate Park that occurred prior to the opening of school.
The chief's report came during the town board's regular Sept. 20 meeting.
Police patrols of the park area have been increased and that may account for the decline in skater activity there, Chief Robert Yant said. The increased patrols have followed some costly vandalism done to the rest room facilities at the park.
In a separate police activity item, the police department was on a heightened traffic safety alert for the first day of school at Cedaredge Elementary School. The remodeling and new construction work included new traffic flow patterns and controls unfamiliar to parents. The chief and some town trustees had expressed concern over the new system of controls, signage, turn lane striping and thru-traffic lanes.
Chief Yant reported, "The first day of school was very hectic. Most parents were a little confused and many were upset with the changes in the traffic flow and procedures. At times, the traffic was backed up almost to Main Street both at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
"The second day was a little better and subsequent days were much better. There were some close calls with some drivers getting impatient and ignoring the no left turn sign at the parking lot.
"The bottleneck created by the northbound left turn lane, southbound traffic turning right into the school, and traffic trying to exit the school will continue (along with) illegal parking until (signs) are correctly posted and positioned. Some parents are trying to avoid the hassle by parking on the east side of Grand Mesa Drive and either letting their children walk across the street or escorting them across."blog comments powered by Disqus