Goessel residents voice concern about future of ?short-cut street?

The Goessel City Council listened during its April 20 meeting to Goessel residents express concerns about B Road, which is one block long and is a block south of Main Street near the city building.

Residents said B Road is used as a short-cut for drivers who are leaving the city building.

Resident Louanne Soukup suggested it should be a legal city street. Currently, it is privately owned, and Soukup expressed concern that no one takes care of it.

City Attorney Keith Collett explained that B Road is ?not really a public street…. It would be a narrow street,? he said. He suggested having a surveyor prepare a description of it.

Councilor Rick Freeman asked about making B Road a one-way street since it is so narrow. Soukup did not think that would be workable since sometimes B Road is the only access for homes in that area; sometimes A Road is blocked for 15 to 20 minutes by delivery trucks.

Mayor Peggy Jay said, ?It?s going to take some time? to find solutions. She offered to put the B Road issues on the agenda for the next several months so the council will discuss it further.

Other concerns for B Road were mentioned, such as children playing in the street. Residents are encouraged to keep their children off of city streets for safety reasons.

On another matter, Police Chief Joe Bases reported that the department had investigated one identity theft case, one building alarm, criminal damage to property, two drug cases, two suspicious activities complaints, and multiple inoperable vehicles.

The department had issued one warning for improper turning, one warning for an improper tag on a vehicle, one warning for driving against license restrictions, multiple equipment warnings and two warnings for speeding.

They also assisted the emergency service department on one call and the Marion County sheriff’s office with one fatality accident and one car/deer accident. They were involved with the K-9 unit?s inspection at the high school

The Goessel Police Depart?ment cooperated with other departments and individuals to provide a drunk driving simulation at the high school. Police cars, ambulances and a life-watch helicopter were used in the simulation.

The police department also participated in firearms training in Marion, storm-watchers training and gang awareness training.

Base said they picked up the 2003 Dodge Intrepid police car from the North Newton Police Department; the city of Goessel recently purchased the car.

In other business, the council:

n discussed poison ivy in town. City Clerk Anita Goertzen said, ?Poison ivy is a noxious weed…. It?s hard to eradicate.? Public works director Karen Dickerson said she had spent $500 some time ago in an effort to get rid of it.

n approved a lease agreement with Doug and Cathy Evering?ham for a city well to be drilled on their property.

n changed the date of the May meeting to Monday, May 11.

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