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Council ensures park safety

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

Warsaw officials tackled safety issues regarding the coming playground last Thursday.

On July 11, town council established plans for signage and a crosswalk to promote safety in the Warsaw Town Park where the playground will be located.

Town Manager John Slusser asked council to request that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) put up two “No Parking Between Signs” posts, the first at the town property line near Northern Neck Transmission, and the second at Amisha’s Fashions.

“Without that, our police department or any other police officer doesn’t have the authority to ask someone to move on,” said Slusser.

Council agreed with Slusser’s recommendation and approved Councilmember Ralph Self’s motion to forward the request to VDOT.

Slusser also recommended to council that a “children at play” sign be erected by VDOT along Main Street.

“That way, we could alert the motoring public to the fact that there are maybe kids running across the road to get ice cream [from Lilly’s Dinner and Desserts] or what have you,” said Slusser.

He also suggested that there be a crosswalk stretching from the corner of Belle Ville Lane and Main Street to the parking lot or playground area.

“There should be a defined area where people cross the road so we don’t have an incident,” said Slusser, adding that currently, kids and pedestrians could come out from anywhere.

Councilmember Randy Phelps said that during the Color Me Healthy event held May 4, the situation of people crossing the street to leave or get to the Warsaw Town Park was a “nightmare” from his perspective.

“The officials had to stand up there and try to do the best they could while people were going in and out,” Phelps noted before making two separate motions to forward the town’s requests for both a “children at play” sign and a crosswalk to VDOT. Council unanimously approved Phelps’ motions.

In related news, Slusser updated council on the schedule of events for the grand opening of Warsaw’s public playground in the town park Saturday, July 20.

According to Slusser, the day will begin at 8 a.m. with volunteers helping to spread the engineered wood-based mulch throughout the playground’s base.

The playground will be dedicated at noon with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary presenting the colors and the delivery of an invocation.

“If you’ve never prayed before, please pray this week that we don’t have any rain,” said Slusser.

But in the case that there is inclement weather, Pat Pugh, executive director of the Warsaw-Richmond County Main Street Program, said a rain date has been set for Saturday, July 27.

The Warsaw Rotary Club, in conjunction with Peoples Community Bank, will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks for the event.