By Beth Bily
The city of LaPrairie is contemplating options to get motorists to slow down within the city limits.
The issue was brought to the attention of councilors by Mayor Mike Fall, who said that he’s received a number of recent complaints about speeding on city streets.
Fall suggested a couple of possibilities including implementing a 25-mile limit throughout the city and/or purchasing solar powered signs that show motorists their current speed.
Councilors Lynn O’Brien and Margie Ritter added that they had met with officials from the Walkable and Livable Community Institute who had a number of excellent ideas about how to control speed – options which did not include speed bumps.
O’Brien suggested that other city councilors attend a Tuesday information session with the consultants. The current planning will be incorporated into the city’s comprehensive plan update.
No action was taken on the speeding issue at Monday’s meeting.
In other business, the council:
• Noted that Hawkinson Construction will begin work on the city’s bituminous overlay project on Walter Avenue/Spruce Street after Labor Day weekend.
• Approved the minutes of the July 21 regular meeting.
• Discussed the status of an IRRRB economic development grant, which would be used for a sewer project. Mayor Mike Fall said that he expects the grant to move forward soon.
• Noted that no one has filed for city elections as of Monday. The city has a two-year mayor seat and two four-year council positions on the ballot this fall. The filing period ends on Tuesday, Aug. 12.
• Accepted a quote from Cone Construction in the amount of $6,331.88 for Ryan Park sidewalk work.
• Approved final payment to Casper Construction for the LaPrairie Avenue water main project in the amount of $26,251.09.
• Closed the meeting to discuss pending litigation.