At last week’s meeting of the LaPrairie City Council, City Engineer Bob Beaver presented officials with data collected from the city’s new speed radar sign.
The sign is currently installed on LaPrairie Ave. and is visible to north-bound motorists. For the period of May 10 to May 29, data showed that most speeding infractions are occurring as people are leaving for work and returning home from work. The correlation was less consistent on weekends. A previous report from Beaver indicated that there were fewer speeding infractions on weekends.
Beaver said that three new locations for the speed radar sign had been identified and city employees would be moving the sign to the new locations periodically.
Data from a previous report by Beaver showed that during the week of May 9 to May 15 roughly 30 percent of the vehicles traveling in the north-bound lane on LaPrairie Ave. were speeding, although that number was down to 19.6 percent on Saturday of that week. Approximately 10 percent of vehicles were speeding at a rate greater than 5 mph on LaPrairie Ave. and about 1 percent were speeding at a rate exceeding 10 mph during that time period.
For the week of May 16 to May 22 the data was fairly consistent, although the percentage of speeders was down slightly to an average of 27 percent. Percentages of speeders exceeding the speed limit by more than 5 mph and 10 mph were consistent, at roughly 10 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
Beaver’s data also showed that the speed radar sign had a definite impact on slowing speeds in the north-bound lane of LaPrairie Ave. initially. However, the sign was less impactful after the first three days of being functional.
In other business, the council:
• Voted to vacate Spruce St. that would lie in the corridor due west of Balsam St. between LaPrairie Ave. and Hoolihan Ave. The city will retain any easements in the corridor.
• Voted to rename Balsam St. to Green St. in honor of Bill Green.
• Voted to transfer the Island At The Lakes liquor license to Sarah Tobias.
• Sold the city’s Cub Cadet to the highest bidder.