The Pequot Lakes City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 3, accepted the traffic study report from Spack Consulting and Widseth Smith Nolting.
City engineer Tim Houle, of WSN, talked about the study of six intersections and traffic flow in Pequot Lakes with the council. He said the city likely will want to keep its stoplight at Patriot Avenue and Main Street, mainly because of the morning and evening peak traffic, which correlates to buses taking students to and from Pequot Lakes Schools.
Houle said an initial indication is that intersection wouldn’t warrant a stoplight if there wasn’t already one there. But with existing traffic conditions and delays experienced locally, taking the signal light down would result in substantial delays.
By 2039, traffic projections call for possible mitigation at Patriot Avenue and Woodman Avenue, again because of school traffic.
North Sluetter Road
After much discussion, the council voted to pave North Sluetter Road as a Rustic Road in 2020, as long as the road meets Rustic Road criteria. North Sluetter Road resident Maury Graham has asked the council repeatedly to have the road paved.
Council member Cheri Seils was opposed. Mayor James Tayloe thought for quite awhile before casting his yes vote. Council member Jerry Akerson was absent, so had Tayloe voted no, the project wouldn’t have proceeded because of a tie vote.
The cost, which could be $162,000, will be added to the 2020 budget.
In other business Sept. 3, the council:
Approved spending $20,000, with funds coming from a fund of business park revenue (which does not include taxpayer money), for a proposal from ICS Consulting Inc. regarding a sports field complex and community use facility in the Heart of the Good Life development, which is south of the current business park.
Acknowledged Elisha Dwyer’s resignation as a part-time police officer. Police had 524 calls for service in July.
Learned firefighters had seven calls in July, including a structure fire in Pelican Township, medical lift assist in Jenkins, carbon monoxide detector going off in Breezy Point, motorcycle vs. deer accident in Moose Lake Township, smoke in building from burned toast in Breezy Point, unattended brush fire in Jenkins and carbon monoxide detector going off in Pequot Lakes.
Learned Randy Brickweg is the city’s new maintenance worker.
Adopted an updated snowplowing policy, which specifies residents’ responsibilities as well. Those include clearing snow from their own driveways and private sidewalks, clearing areas for trash cans and clearing around mailboxes.
Also, snow removal around fire hydrants located on, or adjacent to, private property are the property owner’s responsibility.
Acknowledged the resignations of Patrick Churack and Brian Maher from the park commission, which now has two openings.
Accepted quotes from JAG Interior Solutions for $17,290 and A&B Painting for $6,120 for new carpet and paint for the library.
Appointed an assessment policy committee to update the city’s policy.