FARMINGTON — Farmington City Council has tabled discussion about placing a light at the intersection of Piñon Hills Boulevard and Dustin Avenue.
Councilor Dan Darnell tabled the item during a work session Tuesday morning because the council is in the process of developing a traffic light policy.
"It just made sense to deal with that once we had the policy in place," Darnell said.
Council members reviewed a draft of the policy on Tuesday and offered suggestions. City manager Rob Mayes expects the revisions to be presented during a session early next month.
"We believe that it's important that there is an objective standard," Mayes said.
He said this standard will be based on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which the Federal Highway Administration publishes. The policy will help guide future decisions on traffic lights.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to put that policy in place," Darnell said.
Other Piñon Hills intersections are also being considered for traffic lights. City council also discussed putting a traffic light at the intersection of Piñon Hills and Butler Avenue, the site of the fatal car accident that killed Andrew Pope on Aug. 2, 2012.
Pope, 18, was a star football player at Aztec High School. He died after turning left onto Piñon Hills from Butler and colliding with a large commercial truck, according to police.
Darnell said he thinks the intersection of Piñon Hills and Dustin will be discussed shortly after the traffic light policy is in place.
"I am actually in favor of putting a light at the intersection," Darnell said.
However, tabling the discussion frustrated Councilor Jason Sandel, who had requested it be placed on the agenda.
He described Piñon Hills and Dustin as having very limited sight distance, which is made worse by the 50 miles per hour speed limit on Piñon Hills.
"Yet again there's a delay from the city in even taking a vote on the issue," Sandel said.
Both Piñon Hills Community Church and Farmington First Assembly of God are located near the intersection.
Dewayne Bardwell, the pastor at Farmington First Assembly of God, said both churches have had problems at the intersection. He said one woman who attends his church was involved in a wreck there and broke her neck.
"My concern as a pastor is our senior adults," Bardwell said, adding that many older adults have slower reflexes, which could make the intersection more dangerous.
While Bardwell doesn't want to see a "stoppage of traffic" on Piñon Hills, he wants the city to install a traffic light with sensors that would allow people to get across the lanes during busy times, such as Sunday mornings.
Since 2010, there has been one fatal crash at Piñon Hills and Dustin, according to Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy. In 2010, Betty Buffington was killed in wreck at the intersection.