At the Fenton City Council work session Monday, Oct. 5, council members all were in agreement that a proposed lighted crosswalk and new signage on S. Long Lake Road was too costly and not an appropriate use of taxpayer funds.
Residents of the Lake Fenton Orchards Association had expressed concern for crossing S. Long Lake Road from their subdivision at Appletree Lane on the south side of S. Long Lake Road to a small
members-only beach on the north side of the road and along Lake Fenton.
Concerns of limited site distance at the crosswalk due to overgrown trees, which are located on the association beach property were mentioned.
A lighted crosswalk sign system similar to the one used on S. LeRoy Street in downtown Fenton was discussed for this location. Replacement road signs were also discussed.
As proposed, this project which would have included a lighted crosswalk signal system with push button activation would have cost $8,340, with additional signs and power supply costs of $6,235.
The City Council did not think it would be appropriate to spend taxpayer funds on a crossing that would serve only those going to a private beach. They believed it should be the responsibility of the owners of the private beach.