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City committee eyes new 4-way stops

Public Safety Committee hears traffic study results from chief

Public safety concerns dominated Wednesday night’s city council committee meetings here.
During those meetings the Public Safety committee considered the adoption of an ordinance amendment that would designate South Avenue H and Cedar Street as a 4-way stop intersection.
The full Council will vote on the 4-way stop at next week’s meeting.
Chief of Police Jimmy Broussard and the Public Safety committee discussed that the intersection has been the scene of various accidents, including one involving a police unit, due to the number of vehicles parked along the side of the road blocking motorists’ views in that particular industrial corner.
Another area of concern and possible 4-way stop discussed among the council and Broussard was the area of Avenue G in the 8th or 9th street intersections.
Broussard said that a traffic study had been conducted in that area. “Though I concur there is a long stretch of roadway without a 4-way stop, there are 2-way stops on the ‘east-west’ intersections throughout,” he said.
At a prior meeting a citizen approached the council to voice concern of that area and that warranted Broussard’s traffic study in the area of Avenue G.
The concern was that the corridor does not have any stop signs from East Hutchison until Northern Avenue and speeding is prevalent there.
After a brief discussion, the council requested more patrolling by the police department along that Avenue G corridor in hopes that speeding violations issued will help to curb that issue.
In the Police Department Report, Broussard stated:
• CPD has responded to 1,129 calls from the dates of April 3 - May 8.
• The department has lost three officers since the last committee meeting, one to another agency and two to the private sector. However, he added that the department is in the process of hiring three candidates for those positions.
• Three officers have graduated the academy over the last two weeks.
• In the last month, 57 traffic citations have been issued. Out of those, 29 were for speeding, which included five in school zones. One citation was issued by the chief himself.
• The new police units are 90 percent ready and should be “premiering” with in next couple weeks. The units’ equipment is being installed and striping is nearly complete.
• Four vehicles were auctioned off at Manheim in Scott.
-One was Bluebird bus, the funds from which will go back into the General Fund since it was a donation from Notre Dame High School;
- two Dodge Ram trucks were purchased with narcotics money, and as such had to be sold at auction and all the monies allocated by state law back to Narcotics Operation; and
- one Ford F250 diesel truck was auctioned, but it was a narcotics seizure and the monies had to be surrendered to the District Attorney’s Officer per state law to dispose of.
In the Fire Department’s report, Chief Jody Viator again discussed the ladder truck needing repairs.
The cost to replace the part is $10,000,, substantially cheaper than a new ladder truck, he pointed out.
Viator said the department currently has a 3 minute and 20 second respond time that the first fire truck is on the scene, and a 4 minute and 45 second response time for all fire trucks to be at the scene of a call.
The fire department is running an average manpower of 8.7 people per day.
The beer and liquor licenses to be approved by the full board next week include:
• The Abbey Drinkery, LLC (new);
• Paul’s LLC (new);
• A and J’s (renewal);
• R. J. Chavez - d/b/a El Paso (renewal).
Finally, the Code Enforcement was reported by City Inspector Tony Duhon, who stated the new software programs implemented in January are working well and the city currently has 70 work orders on the books.
Of those, 40 are follow-ups on work orders and 30 are new work orders (not including building).
He also asked council members to compile a priority list of blighted properties in their districts, adding that and it would be best if they created a work order for problems they observe or are made aware of from constituents.

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