PORTAGE | The Traffic Commission this week gave authority to the city's police department to control the traffic light at Portage High School and Airport Road when needed.
Both City Engineer John Hannon and Assistant Police Chief Bill Mesich, members of the commission, said they'd been approached by different parties requesting someone be given access to the traffic light so that it could be manually manipulated during events such as football games at the high school.
Hannon said he contacted Midwestern Electric, which maintains the city's traffic signals. He was told it would take an easy modification to the signal that costs about $200 to complete.
After discussion, the commission agreed to have the modifications completed to the signal and allow police access to the control box at the light when necessary.