City Council discusses ways to slow traffic on hill near elementary school

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How to stop traffic was the topic of most discussion during the quarter-hour-long Monday, Oct. 22, Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor John McBroom reported that during the public services committee meeting, members debated as to how to answer a request from residents of Hillside Drive and Amco Drive for a stop sign to slow traffic coming down the hill from the elementary school. 

He related that letters had been sent to the city requesting a stop sign, but the public works committee felt installing a stop sign would not be effective in slowing traffic because it would simply be ignored by motorists. 

The letters pointed out the safety of children playing along the streets was the primary concern. 

McBroom commented that while he felt very strongly about reducing drivers’ speed as they descend from the hilltop, a different approach seems necessary to provide a safer roadway — such as flashing speed signs or lights — and the committee would take suggestions if someone has an idea. 

City Attorney Fred Suhler, Jr., remarked that installing a stop sign would not be very effective at all and that other options would be far better, such as speed tables — or wide speed bumps laid down across a street. 

McBroom informed the council that the sign proponents wanted something done at the bottom of the hill, not at the top, voiding the possibility of making a school zone speed restriction. 

Councilor Josh Broadwater commented that it might be best to get more input and bring the matter back to the committee. 

Additionally, McBroom reported that the committee had met with the city’s emergency management coordinator, Dan Jaquith, about response to emergencies and disasters and the inclusion of outside volunteer groups and that further discussion would take place.

Other business

The council went on to approve the first reading of the city’s critical water emergency restriction ordinance governing the use of water during drought and other water emergencies.

The council granted a $3,216 pay request from city engineer Matt Mohs for Edge Construction to pay for erosion control work done on Enterprise Drive. 

City Clerk Joel Young asked for replacement of various workstations and one printer for the city’s offices, and the councilors obliged. 

Young also noted the next city council meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at city hall as Veterans’ Day, which falls on a Sunday, will be observed with city offices being closed on Monday, Nov. 12.   

The consent agenda included renewal of the Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) contract for 2019 and the Pathfinder historic preservation contract for 2019.