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Most in city survey want Newhall roundabout to go bare

Posted: November 22, 2013 2:56 p.m.
Updated: November 22, 2013 2:56 p.m.

Workers finish for the day on the Newhall roundabout in Newhall on Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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“Do nothing.”

That’s what the largest number of respondents to the recent Santa Clarita survey favored when asked what, if anything, should accompany the Newhall roundabout traffic feature being constructed in front of William S. Hart Park.

“I’m not sure that’s what we anticipated exactly happening,” city Arts and Events Administrator Phil Lantis said Friday of the survey results. But he said his staff would present the Santa Clarita City Council next Tuesday with direction “based on the results of the survey.”

Of the approximately 600 responses to the city’s survey, 189 were for the city to “do nothing” about the center of the roundabout.

Beginning in mid-October, Santa Clarita residents had the option of taking the survey online or at locations around the city, including City Hall, community centers in Canyon Country and Newhall and the three branches of the city library.

The city’s original vision was to put some kind of art piece in the center of the roundabout, but the City Council directed staff members to gather more input after residents said they were dissatisfied with the two finalist art proposals selected earlier this year.

Other options in the city survey included constructing some kind of water feature, planting a live tree or erecting a statue of Western film star William S. Hart and perhaps his trusty steed Fritz.

The statue of William S. Hart was the second most popular survey choice for what should go in the middle of the roundabout, with 129 votes, according to results released by the city.

Residents also had the option of choosing “other” in the city’s survey, and 99 respondents did so.

Lantis said there was no unifying trend in the responses, but that many people stipulated specifically they would like to see a live oak tree in the middle of the roundabout.

Others used the option to share their thoughts on the project as a whole.

“I think it maybe tapped into those folks that have expressed concern about the roundabout itself,” Lantis said of the survey results.

The roundabout has been under construction since July.

City Council members will review and discuss the results of the city’s survey during their next meeting Tuesday night in City Hall. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Lantis said the city’s survey is not necessarily binding, but it could still provide some guidance to the council.

“I think the council will hopefully be able to take that information and work out what they need to without feeling totally tied to it,” he said.
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