by ADAM GRUENEWALD
The safety of roads and schools was the focus of the Cologne City Council on Monday night.
At question in particular were the addition of signs along Village Parkway near Cologne Academy.
There are no signs presently in the area, unlike some of the other developments in town, to mark the school zone or the standard 30 mph speed limit in unmarked zones.
City Administrator John Hendel proposed the addition of two school signs near the school and four speed signs along the route.
“As you go into a neighborhood or a development you see a speed limit sign,” said Hendel. “You go onto 122nd (Street), you see a speed limit sign. If you turn onto Winkler (Trail) or you turn on to Hazelwood (Avenue), you see a speed limit sign.”
The signs would likely be installed by Safety Signs, whose main office is in Lakeville, or Carver County, rather than city staff, in order to comply with regulations and limit liability for the city.
“The public works staff is more than capable,” said Hendel of the two full-time staff and two part-time summer staff. “To know that they are installed properly and to know that if an accident were to ever happen and that sign was involved in it… it’s going to save the city.”
The project is expected to cost approximately $1,350, including installation, if ordered through Safety Signs.
Funds for the project could come from an operating supplies item in the highway, streets and roads category of the budget, which contains about $11,000. Of those funds, just over $5,700 has been spent so far this year.
Placing an emphasis on school safety, council members unanimously approved initial order for the school signs and decided to look into whether the Hans Hagen Development could be responsible for placing speed signs.
“I’m definitely for school signs,” said council member Scott Williams. “The other ones are common sense. They are going to come out of that roundabout there and they’re not even going to get up to hardly 30 miles a hour and they are going to see a school sign so they’re going to drop the speed down already.”
“I think it would be good to have the signs up to remind people there is a school in the area,” he said.
In other news, council members heard from Bill LaRue, who suggested changing the city ordinance to limit burning in the summer.
The council decided to have a conversation with the homeowner rather than begin the process of changing the ordinance because, following process, changes would not go into effect at least until next summer.
The Cologne City Council will next meet on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. and will then meet Tuesday, Sept. 3, after Labor Day.
Contact Adam Gruenewald at [email protected]