by Dennis Dalman
Worries about street safety caused Sartell City Council members to meet with some city residents in person at a “Takin’ It To The Streets” session during a break at the July 22 council meeting.
The council members drove to the area under concern where they met with residents outside their homes. The neighborhood is by 13th Avenue N. and Fourth Street N. as well as Grizzly Lane (also 13th Avenue N. area) in northwest Sartell. Those residents have long been concerned about some motorists who blatantly ignore the posted 30 mph speed limit on those streets. Most neighbors there, worried about their children’s safety, believe stop signs are badly needed.
This issue has been brought to the attention of the council several times before.
A speed study was done in that neighborhood and revealed that speeding cars are by far the exception, not the rule.
Options to make those streets and the neighborhood safer will be discussed at the next City Council meeting, Aug. 12.
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.