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Editorial: Common sense wins the day

4:22 PM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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Sometimes we've found ourselves wondering out loud about the wisdom of decisions in local government. Today offers a refreshing change of pace where officials ultimately succumbed to common sense and listened to the concerns of residents.

Specifically:

? The Oshkosh GO Transit System, after riders complained about buses no longer making stops at the front entrances of the city's hospitals. Providing public transportation to access health care is a core mission of the system, one greatly enhanced by stopping and picking up as close to main entrances as possible.

Reinstating the hospital entrance stops is a step in the right direction. Transit officials also need to keep an eye on para-transit expenses as advocates report that disabled riders may be shifting from using regular buses in the wake of route changes. More expensive para-transit could leave officials with unexpected expenses.

Donna Lohry, chairwoman of the Aging and Disability Resource Center advisory committee, said she is pleased with the change, but she's still concerned about the locations of some other bus stops, such as the Pick'n Save on Jackson Street.

"There's so many other things popping up. Truthfully, I'm sure the people we represent would like to see it returned to its former routes."

? Stop lights at West Ninth Avenue and Westhaven Drive. Lights were added to the intersection during the U.S. Highway 41 reconstruction project. Originally, the city intended to remove the lights following the completion of the project. In addition, transportation officials said vehicle counts didn't warrant the signals and the traffic advisory board voted to remove them.

City Manager Mark Rohloff put an end to that nonsense. "It's not going to go away. The decision was made to make those signals permanent the day we put them in. Because once you put them in, it's awfully hard to take them out," he said.

Listening to the concerns of residents who signed petitions to keep the signals wasn't an act of caving to public sentiment at odds with data. We're painfully aware of other cases where drivers instinctively knew of dangers that we're ignored by transportation officials who held fast to numbers until tragedy struck. The city plans to keep the temporary signals until the intersection is upgraded in 2016 and permanent signals added.

? The South Park master plan. During a public feedback session last week, the message was loud and clear: South Park is a gem that needs some polishing.

"One fella used to take care of that entire park himself," said Carole Levine, 80. "Now, it needs a lot more care. It used to be beautiful and well-maintained. Now, it needs a lot of work."

Parks officials said there first preference for the park is improving what's there, not add a slew of new amenities. That's a sound approach.

The Final Thought: Common sense prevailed for three issues before city government.

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