The Scotlandville High School area has a high volume of traffic between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Often a few vehicles disregard the school speed limit. Can something be done? Also, shouldn’t all schools have flashing lights and sidewalks several blocks to a school for the few children who walk to school?

Baton Rouge police Sgt. Donald Stone said, “The traffic division runs radar daily in schools zones around the city.

“I have informed them of the complaint in reference to Scotlandville High and they are going to address it.”

Ingolf A. Partenheimer, chief traffic engineer for the East Baton Rouge city-parish Department of Public Works said that not all schools have flashing school zone or sidewalks. “This is something that the city-parish has been working on to correct.”

He said that schools that had flashing school zones and no walkers have had them replaced with school signs and schools that had walkers and no flashing school zone signs have had new flashing school zones signs put up.

Partenheimer said, “The new school zone signs are radio controlled, solar powered and can have different on-off times which can be changed according to the schools’ schedule, thus making the flashing times more appropriate to protecting the school-age walkers and reducing delay to the motorists. This is a phased program due to funding constraints and, as additional funding becomes available, additional flashing school flashers and sidewalks will be installed.”

COA staffing

Why can’t the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging be run entirely by volunteers?

Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar says the idea is interesting and worth exploring but that taking such a step could present practical problems. She said managing and operating the Council on Aging,or any other nonprofit organization, involves intense work and requires the same or similar skills as managing a for-profit enterprise. She said other nonprofit organizations do not rely solely on volunteers.

However, she said, the services of volunteers are valuable and the COA welcomes parish residents who would like to volunteer their time and skills to help provide parish seniors with programs and services.

“As part of our strategic plan for the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, increasing the number of volunteers who serve our constituents is a high priority,” Clark-Amar said.

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