An ordinance died when the Storm Lake City Council did not open discussion on a tabled item from its last meeting to make the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and College Street a four-way stop.
When the recommendation from the city's Traffic Safety Team was to make the intersection a four-way stop it was originally brought to the council, but was tabled to allow the city to determine ownership of several trees near the intersection.
During that time, street superintendent Pat Kelly reviewed several trees at the southwest corner of the intersection. He determined those trees were on private property.
However, since some of the branches hung over city property, city code would allow the city to trim the branches if it causes any problem.
Kelly said, though, that this situation would not "significantly" improve visibility due to the curvature of the road on Circle Drive.
Several citizens also attended the city council meeting this week to support the ordinance, but despite their presence the council did not bring the ordinance back up for a vote. Council member Jim Treat did move to untable the ordinance, but none of the other council members would second Treat's motion.
Residents questioned the council members about their thoughts on the matter. Council member Dennis Vaudt, along with Wally Burns and Julie Egland, said they were not in favor of adding another stop sign to that intersection.