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PUBLIC SAFETY TEAM SIDEWALK UPDATE 8-15-12 LMS

The signs painted on sidewalks warning of a law against bicycles and skateboards are still working according to a Public Safety Team report from Salmon City Councilman Ken Hill.

Hill told the August 15 council meeting that the team is in agreement that the desired results of painting the warnings on the sidewalks where riders focus have apparently been achieved. Signs stating the rules against such wheeled conveyances had been posted before but not at ground level.

Hill said the team went on to discuss what to do about the pedestrian traffic in front of the Post Office and better enforcement of the Shoup Street speed limit for vehicles. Recommendations that came from discussions included more posting of speed limits along Shoup Street, particularly near the Post Office. An additional crosswalk at the intersection of Church and Shoup Streets was suggested to discourage Post Office customers from crossing the street in the middle of the block as well as re-doing the cross walk at Andrews and Shoup Streets. They also discussed installing signs reading “Please Use Crosswalk.”

Team member Councilman Jim Bockelman brought up a safety issue related to drivers turning directly off Highway 28 into the ball field parking area instead of using the ball park entrance. The problem is that many times there are pedestrians walking along that route. Placing a physical barrier along the highway would reduce the amount of parking and it was decided that option would produce even more problems. Hill said there appears to be no easy solution but perhaps a sign warning of pedestrian traffic would help.

The next meeting of the Public Safety Team will be September 12 at 5:15PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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