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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Resident Seeks Tighter Speed Control


October 30, 2019

As the City of Sidney is reviewing, speed zones and traffic controls within the city limits, one resident approached the city council to post more traffic signs.

Mindy Estrada, who lives with her family on Summit Drive, asked the City to post a speed limit sign that can be seen by traffic westbound from 11th Avenue. Her concern is the number of vehicles she has seen traveling at what she considered a high rate of speed. She has talked with the sheriff's department regarding a speed monitoring sign that was used a few blocks northwest and has since been moved to Verde Lane facing east. Police Chief Joe Aiken said the department has increased patrol in the area, resulting in 21 contacts.

Estrada said two vehicles entered her yard while she was outside.

Staff and the council discussed options and their effectiveness, including installing a sign or a speed bump. It was agreed to start by installing a 25 mph speed limit sign facing east.

The council also held a public hearing regarding Community Development Block Grant Program application for an updated downtown redevelopment plan from Ninth to 13th Avenue, Hickory Street to King Street. No one spoke in favor or against the application. Total cost of the program is $46,750. The City's responsibility is about $8,000, which will be budgeted from LB840 downtown funds. The application was approved with a 4-0 vote.

Vice-Mayor Joe Arterburn was absent.

The council also approved third reading of changes to the "Animals" ordinance, eliminating the requirement for licensing of animals. The change in the ordinance also modifies the charges for boarding and impounding an animal, and the length of time a dog at large can be impounded.

The city council also approved a road closure request by the Cheyenne County Chamber of Commerce for the Parade of Lights. The parade is scheduled for 5:30 pm. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The parade is planned to travel east on Illinois Street from 14th Avenue to 7th Avenue. Chamber President and CEO Hope Feeney said events are planned during the parade including a chili feed and a cake walk. The request was approved 4-0. The request then has to be submitted to the State for approval because it involves a state highway.

The council also approved the reappointment of Van Kitt to the Housing Authority, and the appointment of Bob Volkmer to the Authority board. Volkmer will finish the term left open by Tamara Nelson's resignation. Her term expires in October 2020.


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