MT. VERNON — The city council discuss an agreement for a study to help get traffic lights at the intersection of South 42nd Street and Veterans Memorial Drive on Monday."There is a proposal for an agreement to do a study," City Manager Ron Neibert said. "A study will have to be done before (the Illinois Department of Transportation) will discuss putting up signals."The intersection is a four-way stop at this time, with council members discussing over the last two years the need for better control of traffic with the new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center going in and additional traffic.A proposal for the signal warrants analysis/justification study will be presented to the council on Monday from Crawford, Biunte, Brammeier of Glen Carbon and St. Louis. "The Illinois Department of Transportation requires that traffic volumes exceed the minimum requirements prior to the signal construction," information to the city from CBB states. "It is believed that with the hospital now operational, minimum requirements are currently being met. At this time, no additional development is proposed directly adjacent to the intersection; however, a number of current development projects in the area are expected to greatly impact the operations of this intersection upon their opening."The company will perform the analysis to determine if a signal is warranted, and if not enough traffic is in the area, how much would be needed for a traffic signal based on land uses in the area. "The study will show the traffic counts, traffic flows and traffic patterns," Neibert said. "They will also evaluate how the lanes there now are being used and give us a recommendation for IDOT."Neibert said preliminary discussions with IDOT are favorable, and if the study is completed and IDOT approves a signal, the state agency has indicated some help with the financing for the traffic control device may be available.The proposal calls for the study to be completed in two phases, with the first for a fee of $13,000 and $24,000 for the second phase. In other business, the council will:Hear a request for permission to seek bids for the purchase of street maintenance material;Hear a request for permission to seek financing for a roll-off truck and fire pumper;Hold a second reading on an ordinance to rezone property at 11100 N. Illinois Highway 148 from agriculture to R-3 by Randy Bernard;Hold a second reading on an ordinance to rezone properties around Central Christian Church and an ordinance granting conditional use for the church to use the properties for its expansion;Hold a second reading on an ordinance to allow a residential unit above the main floor of 120 S. Ninth St., by Kip and Katrina Bauer;Swear in the newly-elected city council members;Hold a first reading on an ordinance to annex property at 13928 N. Dartmouth Lane; Hold a first reading on an ordinance amending the salary ordinance;Discuss a resolution approving the rules of operation and governance for the municipal opt-out electricity aggregation program;Discuss a resolution authorizing the appropriation of motor fuel tax funds for the fiscal year 2013-14 street maintenance program;Discuss a resolution approving an amendment to the agreement with the city and HMG Engineers for the South 34th Street reconstruction project;Discuss a resolution approving an agreement between Tri-County Electric Cooperative and the city for a three-phase underground electric line extension on the east side of 34th Street;Discuss a resolution to accept a proposal from Siemens for a full service odor control program at Lift Station 15; andHear a proclamation for National Police Week.The council will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.
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