At last week’s meeting of the LaPrairie City Council, City Engineer Bob Beaver began the meeting by revisiting the issue of speed radar signs.
The council has been looking at measures to reduce speed on LaPrairie streets and speed radar signs have proven effective in some other area communities. Beaver said that each portable, battery-operated speed radar sign the city purchased would cost $3,395. The expenditure would include software to download and manipulate data, mounting brackets, an extra battery and shipping. The council voted unanimously to purchase one speed radar sign.
Mayor Mike Fall spoke to the council about the results of the survey the city had sent to area residents seeking input on the possibility of a farmers’ market. Fall said that the survey results showed that LaPrairie residents were overwhelmingly in favor. He characterized the collective response as positive, adding “We didn’t receive a single negative response.”
Fall said that he wanted to move forward with the idea. Details still need to be ironed out, but a sub-committee has been formed to establish rules, develop a registration form, as well as set dates, hours and fees. The mayor added that the fees were intended to cover the costs of advertising and electricity consumption. The most likely scenario at this point would be a Ryan Park location, open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Fall concluded his remarks by asking for council approval so that he could begin contacting vendors and setting up the operation. The council voted unanimously to proceed with establishing a farmers’ market.
In other business, the council:
• Approved awarding City Clerk Lana Hess half-time benefits with a two-year commitment. Benefits for the half-time position will include health and dental insurance along with holiday pay.
• Authorized sending a letter of support to the Grand Rapids PUC for the establishment of a community solar garden that would decrease electric bills of LaPrairie residents.
• Appointed Tim O’Brien as City Zoning Administrator effective June 1.
• Voted to enter into a joint powers agreement with the city of Grand Rapids for building inspections.