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PUBLIC SAFETY TEAM REPORT 8-21-13

The city’s Public Safety Team has taken steps to improve traffic safety entering and exiting City Park.

Team Chairman/Councilman Ken Hill reported to the August 21 meeting of the Salmon City Council that after a review of the traffic flow it was decided that railroad ties will be placed at the west end of the City Park parking lot in an effort to redirect traffic to the park’s marked entrance and exit which has a stop sign at the Highway 28 intersection. It was felt that too many vehicles are using the unsigned west end thereby causing traffic safety issues.

Hill said the team has looked into the request to make the Shoup-Daisy streets intersection a four-way stop and has decided traffic counters will be installed and results will be studied before a decision is made.

The Public Safety Team is going to recommend at its next meeting with the Idaho Transportation Department that speed limits at Highway 93 and Highway 28 entrances to the city be lowered to 35 miles per hour.

Hill reported that a request for an additional handicap parking space near the City Center and neighboring restaurant at 102 Main Street was reviewed. He said that due to the area’s space limitations plus the legal requirements for handicap spaces that request cannot be granted. He said the one handicap parking spot already there will have to suffice.

Hill said installation of security cameras will take place when all the equipment arrives which should be by the end of August.

The Public Safety Team discussed the present markings for crosswalks and the desire for more definitive signage such as painted stripes to draw better attention to crosswalk locations. The immediate focus is on crosswalks in the business core of the city. Hill said the team will continue to investigate the subject. The Public Safety team will be meeting again on September 11 at 5:15 PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room.


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