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Safety concerns prompt crosswalk changes near Gardner Bullis


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The diagram shows placement of the proposed crosswalk and traffic signs.

Parents asked for it and the Los Altos Hills City Council delivered.

At Thursday’s council meeting, councilmembers directed that the crosswalk at Fremont Road and Fremont Pines Lane be widened and moved east across the intersection and push-button-activated flashing School Crossing signs installed to increase visibility of pedestrians – including students and parents heading to and from Gardner Bullis School.

“I think it’s our role to protect kids in the crosswalk,” said Councilman John Radford.

With increased student participation in Gardner Bullis’ Walk or Wheel program, attributed in part to the new pathways on Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills Education Committee Chairwoman Heather Rose said the crosswalk modifications were necessary. She noted that a majority of parents approved of the proposed crosswalk location and the flashing signs.

Town staff estimated that the project, financed through the town’s 2014-2015 Street Capital Project Fund, would cost between $12,000 and $25,000.

Councilmembers approve tennis court lights

The council unanimously voted in favor of amendments that allow Fremont Hills Country Club to add overhead lights to five of the club’s 10 outdoor tennis courts.

City staff reported that they received 71 letters in favor of the proposal and two in opposition. Despite the overwhelming support for the $500,000 lighting project, there were concerns about the precedent the lights might set.

“What you’re talking about is a pretty big change to the law,” said Los Altos Hills resident Jack Caffey. “I don’t know how you’re going to defend yourself if a private owner or the park wants to light their courts.”

Although the council could have provided conditional-use permits for properties falling into other land-use types, as the sole private recreation area land designee in the town, last week’s amendments apply only to Fremont Hills Country Club.

The council supported the club’s requested 10 p.m. shutoff time but added a condition that the lights would revert automatically to a 9 p.m. shutdown in a year unless the council passes another amendment that extends the later end time.

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