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Planning Board Supports Grant Funding for New Signal

A light at the intersection of 10th and H Streets is being requested by the community planning group.

Despite resistance from some residents, the planning group approved the request for grant funding for a new light at 10th and H Streets at the September public meeting last week at the library.

Ramona resident and planning group candidate Jim Cooper addressed the planning group at the meeting, telling the panel that the intersection is "confusing" to him and seemingly unnecessary.

Cooper said that he would like studies for the the public to read about the danger of the intersection and why it needs a signal.

"I shouldn't have to come to you in person [to request this information]," Cooper said.

Planning board member Carl Hickman, who works for the county, was able to shed some light on the topic for Cooper.

"This intersection ranks high on the county's priority list," Hickman said. "All locations are competing for funding."

Hickman said that in the past five years, the intersection at 10th and H Streets has seen 33 collisions, making it one of the intersections in the county that is high on the list for funding.

Group chair Jim Piva said even the fire department has put in a request for a light.

"They think it's a risk as well," he said.

Dennis Sprong motioned to approve a letter sent back in June to support an HSIP grant funding request for signalization at the intersection. Chad Anderson seconded the motion.

The item was passed 10-1, with Kevin Wallace opposing. Board members Chris Anderson, Paul Stykel, Bob Hailey, Matt Deskovick and Angus Tobiason were absent.

Joe Minervini September 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Dear "Guest," I do not respond to people that are spineless and wish to remain nameless. How clueless is someone like you that could not figure out that one or two of the fireman on the truck could quiclky get out, stop the traffic then jump back on the truck....take off and maybe be only a few seconds behind. All you want to do is to say a few silly things, cover your behind and run. As for you calling me "Mr. Minivan," that boils my blood and my fine American/Italian heritage. Spineless "Guest", my name is Joe Minervini and if you have the courage, the intellect, the spine to debate this topic of the traffic signal or anything you want to debate about my desire to keep a Rural Ramona, call me, my number is 760/ 787-5763. Whats your's ? I'll call you. I refuse to debate issues to a faceless person. Joe p.s.; At least Dave Patterson puts his name after his pen.
Donald Davis September 12, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Mr. Minervini, You obviously do not have a clue as to the operations of a fire department. We only HAVE two personnel on the fire engine. I think you need to observe what these people are talking about.
Joe Minervini September 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Donald, You obviously have no clue that there is normally more than 2 fireman/paramedics in the firehouse. Donald, we are getting no where with this; I may not be a fireman but I know there shouldn't be a new traffic signal built at H St. Maybe a school crosswalk for the pedestrians, but no traffic signal that will delay commuters and local traffic. I am signing off this matter.....unless you or "Guest" wish to debate this signal issue further, in public and face to face. The corner of 10th and H St. would be a good place to meet. Joe Minervini
Penny King September 12, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Mr. Minervini You obviously do NOT know who Don Davis is. I do. He's a Captain with Cal Fire! He knows EXACTLY what he's talking about, on ALL levels! I disagree with a signal light at 10th & H for the very same reasons Don disagrees. Unless ALL lights are synchronized to the letter, it would be next to impossible for fire apparatus to get out of the station. If I call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, the LAST thing I was is medics being held up because they couldn't get out of the station! A signal at Ramona St & Hanson Ln makes much more sense. As for the 'Rural town' remark, this town hasn't been 'Rural' in 20 years or more. I know. I lived here when the population was 5,000 and everyone knew everyone.Those days are LONG gone.
Penny King September 12, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Don, apparently I misread your opinion on the light at 10th & H. My apologizies. But I still disagree that a light would make things safer there unless ALL lights were synchronized to the 'T'. Only then do I believe a light could be beneficial. Regards, Penny

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