Pleas made for changes at North Main crosswalk
Citizens crowded City Hall at Tuesday's City Council meeting to discuss the crosswalk at North Main and Union streets when an elderly woman was killed last month.
"There's an old saying that you can't fight City Hall," said Ann McAlpine, executive director of the River Falls Housing Authority. "But this isn't a fight. We hope to start dialogue and prompt a response to a tragic situation.
"We are asking for a reasonable, timely and visible response."
David Guise, son of Claire Guise who was struck and killed in that crosswalk, also spoke.
"I'm not a resident of River Falls but am asking council to take a serious look at the problem and do something positive," he said.
Four elderly residents who often use the crosswalk also made these points:
Mayor Don Richards said he was sure the comments would result in some action by the city.
Council Member Carol Robinson reiterated the city's condolences for the Guise family and said the council would be evaluating and seriously considering the problem.
Roquette said he now has a business plan and improved security with four new cameras, two people checking identification, two bouncers and two bartenders on staff at all times.
Roquette is moving ahead with plans to form a committee of bar owners who could plan for general cleanup and improvements around area bars.
"Because of excessive drinking problems, I'm not promoting specials like two for one or happy hour. I also have a new policy that if you screw up, you can't come back."