Guns, lights discussed in Dayton
Jim Peglow wants citizens to be allowed to carry weapons into the Dayton Town Hall.
The former town chairman made his request during the town board’s Nov. 20 meeting.
“If you’re a law-abiding citizen and you have a permit, what’s the problem?” Peglow asked. “Personally, I think it’s my right to carry my gun in here and feel protected.”
Peglow asked the Dayton Town Board to consider removing the signs at the entrances that prohibit people from bringing weapons into the town hall.
Dayton Town Chairman Chris Klein responded that he would consider removing the sign if the two people who spend the most amount of time working at the town hall, the clerk and treasurer, request it.
“If they request a change, then I’ll put it on the agenda,” Klein said. “But I don’t see a need to make a change.”
The Dayton Town Board also approved a policy for street lights on town roads.
The issue was first raised in 2010, while Peglow was town chairman.
At that time, the board considered a plan to shut off 47 street lights in order to save $12,600 in the 2011 budget.
Most of the lights the board planned to shut off were located in the village of Rural and around the Chain O’ Lakes area.
Others were located in the Little Hope area, in the park on Rural Road and in Parfreyville.
Dayton citizens indicated strong oppostion to shutting off existing street lights at a public hearing in September 2010.
They argued that street lights made the streets in the village of Rural safer for pedestrians and discouraged crime.
Under the new policy, the town will pay to install and maintain street lights at the intersection of town roads with State Highway 22, if recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The town will pay to install and maintain street lights at the intersection of town and county roads at the recommendation of the Waupaca County Highway Department.
The town will install street lights at the intersection of town roads based on traffic volume and night time crashes.
The town will not install and will seek to remove lights that do not have the primary purpose of preventing crashes at intersections at night.
Klein said it was not his intention to begin removing existing street lights at intersections.