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CITY SAFETY COMMITTEE REPORT 7-20-11 LMS

City Public Safety Committee Chairman Fred Waidely told the July 20 meeting of the Salmon City Council that no definite decision has been made as yet on a new bus stop site for the Carmen School bus. Safety concerns have been brought forth related to the present practice of picking up and delivering students at Cavanass Park. Waidely said the most likely spot appears to be the parking lot east of Water Street on VanDreff even though some snow removal issues would have to be resolved.

The Public Safety Committee discussed the suggestion that the speed limit on Courthouse Drive in front of the Courthouse be raised from 20 to 25 miles per hour. Waidely said it was determined that there is a lot of foot traffic from the parking lot across the street to the Courthouse, especially on court days, therefore the committee’s recommendation is that the speed limit be kept at 20 miles per hour. He said, “It’s not set up as a speed trap. It’s not used as a speed trap and tickets aren’t given out there unless you really deserve it.”

City Police Chief K.V. Felker also recommended the speed limit be left where it is. At Lombard Street the 25 miles per hour speed limit resumes.

Moving the street’s center line a couple of feet to the north is on the to-do list. The idea behind the move is to give more traffic clearance around long pick-up trucks that are nosed in to the curb in front of the Courthouse and the Episcopal Church.

Waidely said the Police Chief mentioned erosion on the Courthouse side curb and gutter system that could become a problem and he addressed the use of golf carts and other motorized but unlicensed vehicles on city streets. Waidely said Felker has no objection to them as long as they are not on highways 93 or 28 and do not create a traffic hazard or problem.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Committee will be August 10 at 3PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. All city committee meetings are open to the public.


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