In December, longtime Geneva doctor James C. Pritchard was struck by a car as he was walking across West State Street in downtown Geneva. Pritchard later died from injuries he sustained in the crash.
That incident and others have fueled an effort in the city to take a closer look at speed limits and pedestrian safety.
Geneva residents are asked to apply to serve on the city’s new Speed Control Policy Task Force, which will be charged with making recommendations on how speed limits are established in the community.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns announced the creation of the task force during the Feb. 19 City Council meeting.
The panel will be comprised of 11 residents — two from each of the city’s five wards plus one at-large member — that will work with city staff liaisons from the Geneva Police Department, Public Works Department and city administration.
Geneva implemented a speed control policy in 1996 following a study by a previous task force. During a special policy discussion earlier this month, the City Council recommended reinstituting a similar policy review process to make sure the methods used to set speed limits are not outdated.
The formation of the task force is in response to resident concerns about speeding and pedestrian safety, the latter of which has been identified as a goal in the city’s newly adopted strategic plan.
Residents interested in serving on the task force should fill out an application, which is available on the city’s website. The application deadline is Monday, March 4. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to Geneva City Hall, Attention: Speed Control Policy Task Force, 22 S. First St., Geneva, IL 60134.
Burns will then review the applications and consult with aldermen during the first two weeks of March. Task force members are scheduled to be announced during the Monday, March 18, City Council meeting.
The group will then host a series of meetings, which will be open to the public, and will present a report to the City Council in June.
For more information about the Speed Control Policy Task Force, visit the city’s website or call Geneva City Hall at 630-232-7494.
SOURCE: city of Geneva news release