Pella Chronicle

December 17, 2013

Council rejects 2-way stop

By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa City Council by a 4-3 vote rejected an ordinance to change the four-way stop at the former Webster School to a two-way stop during its meeting Monday night.

The ordinance was in its third and final reading that would have removed the stop signs on South Seventh Street at the intersection of South Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue East and made the intersection a two-way stop. The intersection is in front of the former Webster School building that houses programs such as a pre-school and a career academy, amongst others.

Several people spoke for a total of almost a half hour during Public Comments against removing the stop signs on South Seventh Street.

Council members Tom Jimenez, Scottie Moore, Doug Yates and Tom Walling voted against the two-way stop ordinance while Jason Van Zetten, Aaron Ver Steeg and Joe Caliguiri voted in favor.

Prior to the stop sign vote, the City Council approved an ordinance to establish a school zone at the Webster building as well as the Oskaloosa Elementary School.

The school zone will limit the speed limit to 20 mph from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Oskaloosa School Superintendent Russ Reiter spoke on the issue.

“Student safety is Priority 1,” he said.

Reiter said the school district is looking to invest in about 15 new angled parking spots on the northside of Fifth Avenue East to help with the parking situation at the school.

Reiter also said he would like to see the 4-way stop remain at the intersection in front of Webster School.

School Board President Carl Drost also spoke at the meeting.

“We’re going to look at parking and look at drop off point,” he said. “We need to look at parking options.”

Drost said that in his opinion, the 4-way stop should remain at the intersection.