Dayton had another controversial town meeting last week where tree trimming and stop signs were discussed.
Apparently our entire township and others are in violation of state laws for placement of stop signs, which, if moved to follow the law, will lead to further tree trimming for visibility.
No one is opposed to trimming foliage where the present stop signs are not visible from a vehicle.
There are many issues that enter in here but I simply want to raise one issue which I did not get a chance to at the last meeting.
If other townships and counties are in violation, too, are they all going to change sign placement?
If having stop signs 12 feet from the edge of the pavement is required and virtually no townships in the area nor even in other counties are following this law, perhaps the law needs to be looked at for rural and rural residential areas.
Laws should serve to protect the community, not dictate to it.
In fact, the town chairman should also serve the community and not dictate to it either.
It seems the place to start would be for surrounding town chairpersons to collaborate to see if something can be done to meet the needs of the area.
One town chairman’s obsession with his interpretation of the law is what appears to be happening in Dayton.
Very few citizens, and I can only name a few besides the chairman, agree with blindly following this law just for the sake of the law.
We all want safety, but there are other elements involved such as rural character and, especially important at this time, the tourist economy.
Let’s solve this problem jointly as a county or at least a region of townships and not set one township apart from others by making every road look like a state highway.
If Dayton follows through on this policy without trying to change it to fit the needs of the area, Dayton will eventually look significantly different from bordering townships.
The expense and contention this is causing is not good for Dayton’s residents.
Improved communication in the township would be a much better issue to promote.