In response to a citizen complaints of unsafe conditions with congestion and motorists failing to obey yield signs on Taffee Drive, Hastings Police Chief Jeff Pratt made a report to the Hastings City Council Tuesday. He said he went to the location and waited for 20 minutes but there was with no traffic during that time. Checking traffic records back to 2014, he found no accidents there.
“We’ll definitely keep this on our radar and work with the Department of Public Services and the city manager…we’ll stay on top of this one and others in the city.”
The traffic likely comes from motorists taking a short cut through the residential area to North Broadway to avoid using the intersection of North Broadway and State Road.
Mayor David Tossava said it looks like its inviting traffic on Taffee Drive with the double yellow line there. “Why is it even there?” he asked.
Several council members brought up other locations in the city that concerned them, prompting City Manager Jeff Mansfield to suggest the city's traffic system might be a good topic for workshops the council holds once a month when members go into depth on issues to do with the city. He said the markings may have been required as part of new bike lanes being installed in the city.
In other business, Mansfield said the city still has some improvements to do on the former Thornapple Arts Council building at Fish Hatchery Park, and when it’s done, they will make the building available for public use. Department of Public Works Director Lee Hays said more work, including painting and replacing lighting, will be done for about $4,000.
“We’ve been working on it for the last couple of years…it’s a really cool space,” Hays said. Meanwhile, Mansfield said, city staff will develop a policy, rules and regulations and a fee structure for rental of the building. “We really want to share these facilities and encourage their use by the community.”
Also, the council approved two contracts to do with the city’s sewer system; one for $26,800 to Hubbel, Roth and Clark for design services for sludge dewatering analysis and design at the wastewater treatment plant and another for $8,000 to Prein & Newhoff for engineering services on a sanitary sewer point of conflict at Market and Green streets.