Letter: Church Sign Raises Safety Questions
Resident questions move to area in light of sign proposal.
To the editor:
As a new resident of Elmhurst, we were really happy with our decision to move to the city back in July, 2010. We were considering many neighboring towns, but in the end, we settled on Elmhurst because of its central location, proximity to trains, O’Hare, freeways, etc. and, most importantly, the quaintness of the downtown area. We ended up moving into the Cherry Farm neighborhood just 4 doors south of the intersection of Kenilworth and St. Charles road. We were delighted with our selection of neighborhoods, especially because we knew very little about Elmhurst prior to moving to the community.
Then, we began to think about our home in the context of our ability to grow into it. We were considering a renovation to the home earlier this year, when, remarkably, a home 2 doors to the north went up for sale. We were very happy with the neighborhood, and it was important for to remain in the same location. In fact, that is exactly why we were considering a renovation rather than considering other neighborhoods. So, we decided it was easier to move 2 doors to the north on Kenilworth, than it would be to live thru months of renovations.
We moved in mid-July, and on that same Tuesday evening, attended a neighborhood meeting on the proposed sign at the intersections of Kenilworth Ave, Arlington Ave, and St. Charles road. We were pretty unhappy to learn more details about the proposed sign by Redeemer Lutheran Church, especially because of its flashing light requirement. In fact, we began to have second thoughts about our decision to move, and may have taken a different approach if we had a full understanding of the proposed sign.
St. Charles road is a pretty busy one, especially during the day and into the early evening. On Thursday, July 19th, at about 4:30 p.m., there was a traffic accident involving 2 motorists, one traveling south on Kenilworth attempting to cross St. Charles, and the other car traveling east on St. Charles just east of York. The collision was a “T-bone” but neither of the car drivers appeared to suffer injuries. What occurred to me is just how busy this area already is, with plenty of caution required for safe travel.
Introducing a flashing sign at this intersection can only cause further distraction to an already busy area. Further, the city code is pretty specific about the placement of electronically changing signs in residential neighborhoods—it is not permitted. By this letter, I am asking the City of Elmhurst to carefully consider the application that has been made by the church and respectfully reject this request, complying with the city ordinance as it is written. Your consideration in this matter would make for a busy intersection to remain as safe as possible.