At the Bennington City Council meeting this past Monday, Dec. 10, safe streets were a major topic of conversation. The Council approved installation of a speed bump on North 2nd Street. This is one of the busiest residential streets within any of our neighborhoods, with a growing number of residents using it to access 156th Street and plenty of extra traffic during baseball season. Thirteen neighbors along North 2nd had signed a petition to get this done. Installation will happen in the spring.
Experience on North 2nd will help us determine whether traffic control devices would be beneficial elsewhere. Our Police Department knows that enforcement is important, too. And we can all contribute to a culture of safety by easing up on the gas and encouraging our family members to do the same.
Here's a brief rundown of other business:
- The Council approved annexation of Prairie Hollow, the new development east of Molley and Stark streets. The development itself was approved earlier this year. Annexation will make it part of the city.
- The Council approved a plan to sell the former city office building, which is no longer in use, by public auction. You'll hear more about this next year. This could be an attractive commercial space.
- We got an update on the 156th Street project, which aims to improve traffic flow between Bennington Road and Highway 36. The City met an important deadline for paperwork this month. The cost of this project is shared with the State. The design has been finalized. Construction will likely take place in the summer of 2020.
Full meeting minutes will be posted to the city's website. If you have questions about any of these issues, please let me know. I will track down the answer.
My goal is to send an update like this before every meeting -- the next is Jan. 14 -- and another one after the meeting. If you're not on this e-mail list and want to join, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a fun (and safe) holiday season!