stop sign vote Tuesday

By Jim Stanford on February 20, 2012

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Update 7:20 p.m. 2/21: Victory! (for now) The council voted 4-0 (with Bob Lenz absent) to put off the resolution till a public open house can be held this spring on the Snow King corridor. See the comments for more info.

Flat Creek crossing.

Mayor Mark Barron‘s controversial plan to remove stop signs from three intersections on Snow King Avenue faces a final vote when the Jackson Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The council will vote on a resolution to change four-way stops to two-way at Flat Creek Drive, Millward Street and Cache Drive. The signs would be removed this spring.

Of all the public comment the council has received, either at meetings or in writing, not one person has advocated for removing the signs.

Passage is not assured. Councilor Mark Obringer, who voted in favor of drafting the resolution last month, has said he will reconsider his support.

That means the vote likely will be decided by councilors Melissa Turley and Greg Miles, who in the past have advocated for pedestrian and cyclist safety. Bob Lenz was the lone councilor to vote against the measure.

Not only will removing the stop signs possibly lead to higher speeds and increased danger for nonmotorized travel, as Obringer has pointed out, but making Snow King Avenue a busier thoroughfare will erode the character of a residential neighborhood loaded with kids’ amenities, including the fairgrounds, boulder park, Snow King, Amaze’n Maze and Phil Baux Park.

It will, however, save motorists 20 seconds during the evening rush in August.

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6 Comments so far

  1. sc February 20, 2012 8:45 pm

    Oh so frustrating, the ramblings of town planning meetings!

    Tell me this, when EVER was the new Redmond 4+ month and $$ million re-construction plan put up for consideration? Talk about waste of tax payer money and pedestrian safety issues!! Redmond was never a problem but is now a hazard. Now NO bike lane at all and fancy new bulbous sidewalks not plowed/shoveled in Winter. Pedestrians, bikers, vehicles, and START bus competing for a now narrow, and totally ice packed (thanks to lousy TOJ plowing), 5 blocks of planned danger. People literally walk in the middle of the street when it snows.

    Don’t worry about removing stop signs along Snow King. Non-motorized pedestrians don’t stop (yes, you road bikers know who you are), anyway. Just be glad that at least there is driving room, a bike lane, sidewalks, and adequate plowing along that stretch!

  2. MB February 21, 2012 1:10 pm

    Actually, re Redmond, they plow the sidewalk on the East side of the street. Just saw someone walking on it.

  3. Jim Stanford February 21, 2012 7:37 pm

    The stop signs will stay, for now. We practically had to form a human shield to keep from being run over on this. The public works director was ready to yank the signs next week.
    Public comment again was unanimous, 8-0 against. There was some great heartfelt testimony from Bonnie Koeln and especially Dave “Sammy” Samuels, a longtime ski instructor and Snow King Avenue resident. If the stop signs prevent one accident, one dog from being hit, one person from being run over in the next 25 years, he said, then they are well worth the extra few seconds of driving time. Hear, hear.
    The future of this resolution is far from certain, however. It has been tabled until what the mayor described as a “workshop” will be held, but citizens called for a broader open house on the entire Snow King corridor, as councilor Melissa Turley had suggested earlier.
    Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on this and defend our community character, as I know many of you called or emailed the councilors privately. Stay tuned for the next step.

  4. Heather Mathews February 22, 2012 1:30 pm

    Thanks again for covering this, Jim. And for making comments at the meeting.

  5. GO February 26, 2012 4:05 pm

    As a biker, I’m all fro seeing the signs go away. And I don’t plan to increase my speed while driving once they are removed nor do I think thye will present any hazard. You can replace the stop signs with crosswalk signs.

  6. mike March 6, 2012 9:45 am

    waste of gas and coasting speed. lame.
    Congratulations on your successful blogging and lobbying though.
    I hope the signs go away in the spring, and I might even show up to the next meeting.

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