Ordinances address traffic concerns on First St., Sunrise
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 10:00 AM
Two ordinances that would establish a speed limit and create a new four-way stop were heard by the Madison City Council on Tuesday.
The first ordinance would put a four-way stop at the intersection of First and Poplar streets. Councilman Dick Jones said the recommendation came from the Council's traffic committee after it received a petition with 53 signatures in favor of the new sign.
The second ordinance would establish a 20 mph speed limit in the Sunrise subdivision. Councilman Jim Lee, who represents Sunrise, said people usually drive at high rates of speed through the area and can be dangerous for children or walkers.
The two ordinances will receive third readings at the Council's next meeting on Jan. 21. There was little discussion except to explain what would happen if the ordinances passed.
In other business, Rick Berry was voted City Council president for the second consecutive year. In his motion nominating Berry for president, Lee said his attendance record and the way he represents the Council are the two main reasons for his nomination.
Berry's nomination was approved 5-0. Councilman Pete Backus was absent and Councilman Kevin Kellems abstained.
Kellems made an attempt to nominate Backus as the president for the upcoming year, which received no support. Since Backus was not present at the meeting, Kellems said he would abstain from the vote.
In other business:
The Council heard a first reading on an ordinance that would set up a Community of Compassion Fund. The money was left over from another fund that would have given money to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The city contacted the people who donated money, and said they would like to have that money spent on local disaster relief. The ordinance would send $5,000 to the local Red Cross and $2,439.26 to the local Salvation Army.
The Council heard the first reading on an ordinance that would rezone the area between Fifth and Sixth streets between West Street and Springdale Cemetery from a historic district to a central business district.
The move is to allow businesses and houses to exist in the same general area, which isn't allowed under the historic district zoning.
Parks Director Dave Stucker explained when basketball games and practices would be affected by severe weather.
Stucker said that if school is canceled or lets out early, no games or practices will be held. But if school is in session or on a two-hour delay, then games and practices will be held.
Mayor Damon Welch announced the newest member of the Parks Board. Tim Whitaker, assistant principal at Madison Junior High School, has taken over for Dan Cole, who left at the end of 2013.