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Traffic Safety Commission

Minutes

Mylan Fink:  Absent                                                          
Tim Flaherty:  9-9:55 a.m.                                

Judy Goldsmith:  9-9:55 a.m.                                          
Tom Janke:  Excused                                        

Steve Klein:  9-9:55 a.m.                                                  
Kim Mueller:  Excused                                     

Jeffrey Nelson:  9:50-9:55 a.m.                                       
Scott Nelson:  9-9:55 a.m.                                

Michael Panosh:  9-9:55 a.m.                                          
Jordan Skiff:  Absent                                         

Jessica Slavin:  9-9:55 a.m.                                              
Ryan Waldschmidt:  9-9:55 a.m.

Dean Will:  Excused                                                          
John Zorn:  9-9:55 a.m.

 

Also present was alternate member Ryan Sommer.

 

1. Call meeting to order.

Vice Chair Steve Klein called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. and declared a quorum was present.

 

2. Introduction of members/guests.

 

3. Approve minutes of the December 14, 2016, meeting.

Motion (Goldsmith/Flaherty) to approve the minutes. Motion carried, 9-0.

 

4. Citizen input. Members of the public who wish to address the commission on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the commission chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

There was no public comment.

 

5. State Road 23 and Rolling Meadows Drive timing of lights and intersection concerns.

Paul De Vries will give an update at the next meeting.

 

6. Western Avenue and Macy Street pedestrian crossing.

The administration is concerned about the safety of pedestrians crossing Western Avenue outside of the marked crosswalks. The employees’ perception is that the mid-block crossing is safer and more convenient. The employees’ claim is that crossing at the Macy crosswalk is risky, because the southbound Macy Street traffic turning right onto Western fails to yield to pedestrians. City engineering is looking into solutions. One plausible solution is to use landscaping to force pedestrians to cross at the marked crosswalks.

 

7. Review of fatal and serious injury crashes for the last three months.

There were none to report.

 

8. Roundtable discussion.

a. Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Scott Nelson reported that the State Road 44 project begins in early May with a 90 working day duration. The State Road 67 box culvert replacement will begin in late June or early July.

 

b. City Police.

Vice Chair Klein is pleased with the substantial reduction of crashes, following last year’s safety improvement at the Walmart entrance. The Johnson Street bridge is a challenge to maintain during winter storms. Flashing yellow lights on the east bridge approach help reduce accidents.

 

c. Sheriff’s Office

Snow and ice storms were contributing factors in numerous minor crashes.

 

d. State Patrol.

There was no report.

e. Education.

There was no report.

 

f. Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Statewide fatalities are on track with the five-year average. Drugged driving crashes are increasing and are underreported, because testing is not done if the blood alcohol test is positive.

 

g. Department of Public Works.

There was no report.

 

h. Highway Department.

The County Road UU culvert project is slated for July.

 

i. County Board.

There was no report.

 

j. Moraine Park Technical College.

There was no report.

 

k. Legal.

There was no report.

 

9. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 14.

 

10. Adjournment.

Motion (Goldsmith/Waldschmidt) to adjourn the meeting at 9:55 a.m. Motion carried, 10-0.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Ryan Sommer

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