COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Bentivar Drive Watch For Child Playing Request
Approval of a Watch for Child Playing sign on Bentivar Drive (Route 1033).
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Wade
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
February 8, 2006
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The County has received a request from Delegate Rob Bell to install a “Watch for Child Playing” sign on Bentivar Drive (Attachment A). Bentivar Drive is located off of Polo Grounds Road. Delegate Bell and his staff visited the Bentivar neighborhood and during this visit his constituents requested a Watch for Child Playing sign.
3.1 Make the County a Safe and Healthy Community in which citizens feel secure to live, work and play.
The County has developed criteria for reviewing a “Child at Play” sign installation request. The criteria and staff comments are provided below.
1. “Child At Play” signs shall only be considered on secondary roads.
Bentivar Drive is in the Secondary Road System (Route 1033).
2. The request must come from a Homeowner’s Association where applicable.
This request came from Delegate Rob Bell after speaking with residents from Bentivar Drive (Attachment A).
3. There must be child activity attraction nearby for the sign to be considered.
Bentivar Drive does not have sidewalks. There is no established tot lot, playground or recreational area on Bentivar Drive. Due to lack of amenities, children that live on this road must walk in the road to visit one another. Bentivar Drive is one mile long and has approximately 36 homes on it. There are many large lots where children can play. Due to lack of sidewalks, staff is of the opinion that this request meets the intent of this criterion.
4. The installation of the sign shall not conflict with any existing traffic control devices.
The proposed location of the signs will not conflict with any existing traffic control devices.
The average cost to install a sign is approximately $125. VDOT will utilize the County’s secondary road maintenance funds to install the signs.
Staff opinion is that this request meets all four evaluation criteria and recommends that the Board of Supervisors adopt the attached resolution (Attachment B) supporting the installation of “Watch for Child Playing” signs on Bentivar Drive.
Attachment A- Letter from Delegate Rob Bell Requesting Child At Play Sign on Bentivar Drive
Attachment B- Resolution for Board of Supervisors
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