The Storm Lake City Council approved all three readings for an ordinance that would place a four-way stop at the intersection of East Fourth Street and Expansion Boulevard.
According to Public Safety Director Mark Prosser, concerns of an increase of traffic in the area with the new jail opening in the area brought up the request before August 7, the day of National Night Out. Itwas also one of the topics disucssed at the block parties in the area.
"We had requested before National Night and on National Night Out we discussed with (people at the block parties) and the Traffic Safety Team throughout it was prudent to get a sign down there to help slow down traffic," Prosser said. "There is a school bus stop down there and a lot of little kids in the area."
Both council members Jim Treat and Denny Vaudt stated they would support the passing of all three readings - rather than spreading the votes out and taking longer to get signs into place.
"It's a school stop and school is in session, I think we need to get the signs up as soon as possible," Treat said.
According to City Adminastor Patti Moore, the stop signs will be placed as soon as there is a publication of the ordnance.
* In other council news this week, the council approved a resolution to allow Moore to sign a Department of Natural Resource Storm Water Agreement for the purchase of a separation unit to be placed in conjunction with the 2008 West Lakeshore Paving Project.
This separation unit will remove up to 74 percent of oil and solids for approximately 1 acre of impervious surface in a drainage area that will outlet to a 42 inch storm sewer that will be placed just east on Lakeshore and Geneseo Street. The cost of the unit is $25,000 with the DNR paying $7,500.
According to Pat Kelly of the city staff, this area is one of the biggest drainage areas to the lake.
"(West Lakeshore), Flindt Drive, the one we put in down by Casey's, one by Methodist Manor and one on the end of College Street are the big ones that go into the lake," Kelly said. "This area covers from Geneseo to Irving Street, east to west and from Lakeshore to Forth Street, south to north."
Finally, Willard Christensen came before the council to complain about drainage not being placed on his property on West Sixth Street, a deal that he claims the city made with him three years ago.
"The city engineer came out and told me that they would put in the three drainage outlets and it was promised to me," Christensen said.
He was told to take the issue up with city staff for firther investigation.
The next City Council meeting will be held on September 4 due to the labor day holiday.