City of LaSalle Streets, Alleys and Traffic Committee met July 15.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
Chairman Bacidore called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m.
Present- Alderman Bacidore, Alderman Ptak, Alderman Reynolds, Alderman Herndon
Others Present: Alderman Demes, Alderman Crane, Mayor Grove, William Walker
A quorum was present.
The first item up for discussion was the request by Alderman Bacidore to rescind the speed bump that was granted for the 2000 Block of La Harpe Street. Aldermen Bacidore stated that he is not in favor of granting speed bumps but realized there are areas where there is an obvious need, such as near parks, schools, etc.
Alderman Herndon asked if you can give speed bumps to some people but not to others. Alderman Bacidore stated that was his concerns. Attorney McPhedran stated that it is possible to grant them in some situations but not others if there is a reasonable basis for the decision. Brief discussion followed.
Mayor Grove stated that Alderman Ptak suggested prior to voting on the La Harpe Street speed bump that it be issued on a one year trial basis, but the council did not take the suggestion. Mayor Grove encouraged the aldermen in the future to consider all aspects of decisions prior to voting. He stated that at times it is difficult to say no to constituents, but it is important to look at the big picture.
After brief discussion, Alderman Bacidore made a motion to rescind the speed bump in the 2000 Block of La Harpe Street. Due to the lack of a second, the motion failed.
In regard to multiple requests from Linda Schillaci, resident of 1934 Crosat Street, there was brief discussion prior to voting. Alderman Crane stated that he spoke to the residents and discouraged the speed bumps, but suggested the other options. He came up with the idea of the three way stop, but they did not like that idea. They preferred the speed bump during the summer months. He stated that the resident at 1934 Crosat has a camera on her house and is concerned about the speed of cars. Alderman Crane suggested the four way stop at Grant and Crosat, which the resident felt would be more effective as well. Alderman Crane stated that he invited the petitioners to the meeting tonight, but they are not present. Alderman Lavieri stated that in situations like these, it needs to be the consensus of the entire neighborhood, not just one or two residents.
It was moved by Alderman Bacidore to grant the speed bump near 1934 Crosat Street. For lack of a second, the motion failed.
It was then moved by Alderman Bacidore and seconded by Alderman Herndon to grant the request for a four way stop at Grant and Crosat Streets.
Ayes: Alderman Herndon, Alderman Reynolds
Nays: Alderman Bacidore, Alderman Ptak
Vote Tied 2-2
The full council will vote on the matter.
In regard to granting a three way stop at N. Tonti and Grant, action failed due to lack of a motion.
In regard to the request for a speed bump at 1527 Tonti Street, action failed due to lack of a motion.
In regard to the request from William and Dianna Walker for a handicapped parking sign at 1245 Sixth Street, Mr. Walker was present. He explained that they reside in a three unit rental. Two residents park in the driveway and one of the resident’s brothers parks in the street. Mr. Walker stated that his wife is disabled and gets picked up for therapy. Many times the van taking her to therapy has to park half way down the block. A handicapped sign would allow her easy access to load and unload. Alderman Demes informed Mr. Walker that this sign only allows them to use the parking space. Mr. Walker was asked if he was agreeable to the sign being granted for a one year time period. He said that was acceptable. Mr. Walker was asked to notify the City immediately if they were to move out of the rental.
It was then moved by Alderman Herndon and seconded by Alderman Bacidore to approve a handicapped parking sign at 1245 Sixth Street for a period of one year.
Ayes: Alderman Herndon, Alderman Reynolds, Alderman Ptak, Alderman Bacidore
There were no comments or objections from the public. The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.