Residents concerned over speeding near schools

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Two McCook residents expressed their concerns regarding speeding vehicles near the high school to the City Council during its semi-monthly meeting Monday evening at Council Chambers. Lance Rakes and Steve Broomfield said more stop signs were needed with Rakes saying "We have a real safety issue up there that needs to be addressed."

The pair cited a regular pattern of speeding vehicles leaving the school grounds, coupled with streets lined with parked vehicles that decreased the drivers ability to see children at play. Broomfield also informed the council of a stop sign already in place that was concealed by a low hanging branch on the corner of West Seventh and E Streets.

Public Works Director Kyle Potthoff assured Broomfield the branch would be addressed and Councilman Lonnie Anderson said "I think we can look into this and see what we can do. Thank you for bringing it to our attention."

McCook citizen Kathleen Bills asked for an update regarding the West Ward building paperwork and asked whether the building would be demolished. Council member Aaron Kircher reiterated what council has stated at each of its last few meetings, "The West Ward building demolition contract has already been awarded."

Land Construction of Lincoln was awarded the demolition contract in July and is awaiting to begin demolition after the Nebraska Historical Society completes its written and photographic history of the building.

City Manager Kurt Fritsch further explained that the paperwork in discussion at the previous meeting was in regard to the historical society's recording of the building that, once completed, will be available to the public at the library and via other sources.

Bills then asked if Memorial Auditorium was going to be demolished to which Kircher and Fritsch both said no.

The council amended a request from the McCook Economic Development Corp. that nominated Kent Craw, Doug Skiles, Dale Dueland, Lonnie Anderson and James Coady as appointees for the LB840 Loan Committee, which is to review loan requests made to the MEDC under the LB840 program. The nominations were approved with the exception of Lonnie Anderson, over concerns regarding a possible conflict of interest because he is an elected official.

The mayor's appointees for several area boards and commissions were ratified. The Airport Advisory Commission had Richard Stull reappointed and Wally Hampton appointed. The Board of Zoning Adjustment had Keith Delano reappointed and Jerry Reitz was appointed to the Building Advisory and Appeals Board. Peggy Appleyard was reappointed to the Senior Citizens Advisory Board and Joyce Hofman and Gene Meints were newly appointed.

Other items on the consent and regular agenda:

* An ordinance authorizing the sale of two city properties to Howard and Barbara Musgrave and Paul Monzon was approved upon its third and final reading.

* Oct. 3-9 was designated as Fire Prevention Week.

* The city's snow and ice control and removal policies were approved.

* W Design Associates for Engineering Services was selected to head up street improvement projects on East H Street.

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  • I agree with the speeding issue on 7th Street. I know this has been an issue for many years, but something needs to be done. At 3:30, I wait along a side street for my kids and see several cars zoom by showing no regards to other vehicles and pedestrians. Alot of these cars are swerving out of the way but then into oncoming traffic. Most of these drivers are talking on phones. Most of these cars zooming by are other students who have just gotten out of school, can't wait to get in their car to show off their new driving skills. Let's just say that their new driving skills NEED ALOT OF WORK AND ATTENTION.

    I've even witnessed a student pulling out, another student "zooming" by hitting the first. They both got out looking at their cars, laughing and then saying "don't worry about it, just another ding". I'm sure their parents would like to know about these "dings".

    Maybe a few officers are needed to sit along the side streets. These officers need to be proactive in actually stopping these idiot drivers instead of just "letting them go by with a warning". LET'S GET TOUGHER and maybe these drivers will learn before it's too late and someone gets seriously hurt.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Oct 5, 2010, at 3:53 PM
  • While we're at it, there are a lot of drivers out there that need to be reminded that PEDESTRIANS have the right of way at a crosswalk! I cringe when I watch kids trying to get across J street - and very few people stop.

    -- Posted by TrailMix on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 11:37 AM
  • Yes, something needs to be done, stop signs along 7th might slow them down for a block, or so.

    What is needed is some real enforcement.

    When people complained about the speeding on West 3rd St. our chiefie announced to the world that they were going monitor 3rd Street and even announced the day, and wonders be, they did not "see" any speeders, horse manure! They're still speeding along as usual, and no enforcement as usual. Get real Ike, have some enforcement without telling the world about it in the Gazette.

    Catch the speeders around town, especially around the schools!! Before someone's kid gets killed!

    -- Posted by goarmy67 on Wed, Oct 6, 2010, at 11:53 AM
  • All the main streets to the schools should be focused on and watched more. People running the stop signs, speeding, passing vehicles that have children around. It is sad to see that one of these days, someone will get hurt. I think our police chief should come out and watch this. Even some of the police officers run the stop signs close to schools. That is not good. I'm sure that is setting an example for others.....

    -- Posted by edbru on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 3:44 PM
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