Direction flow on two streets to stay the sameJune 4, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
HUNTINGBURG — The traffic directional flow on Columbia and Seventh streets will stay as it is now, Huntingburg Board of Public Works and Safety Board members decided Thursday.
They had been considering reversing the direction of traffic after resident Jimmie Sorrels made the request at the board’s May 6 meeting.
Seventh Street east of Shelby Street is designated as a one-way street going east. Seventh ends at Columbia Street, which is one-way street going south from Seventh to State Road 64. Sorrels said drivers tend to enter Columbia Street from State Road 64, go north to Seventh Street and turn left to head west on Seventh.
Sorrels suggested making Columbia one way going north and Seventh between Columbia and Shelby one way going west.
Street Superintendent Jason Stamm and Police Chief Art Parks reviewed the streets and traffic flow. “From the city’s standpoint, it doesn’t really matter which way the streets go,” Stamm told the board Thursday.
If all the residents who live on those streets were agreeable to the change, Stamm said he would recommend that. “They’re not,” he said.
A resident called the street department to voice her objection.
“And she was pretty adamant that she did not want it.” Mayor Steve Schwinghamer said he also received calls from residents not wanting the streets' traffic direction to change.
Sorrels also told the board last month that it is difficult for drivers to see when they are on Columbia Street and trying to turn onto Sixth Street, which is State Road 64 in the city. Stamm explained that there are shrubs and bushes there that hinder drivers’ visibility.
“We as the street department will go up there and trim those bushes that cause a problem when you come down the hill to look to the east.,” Stamm said Thursday. “I didn’t want to do anything until a decision was made.”
Stamm said he will tell Sorrels of the public works board’s decision.
The board also:
• Hired Jonathan Blocker, George Dubon and Emmanuel Mercado as auxiliary officers. The Huntingburg Common Council has already approved the additions. A swearing-in ceremony will be held later, Parks said.
• Approved closing Fourth Street between Geiger and U.S. 231 and between the state highway and Van Buren Street on June 26 for Kids Day as well as the evening of June 25 during Fourth Fridays. Andrea Tooley of the Huntingburg Merchants Association explained that while Fourth Fridays is happening at Market Street Park, a musical act will be performing near Yard Goat Artisan Ales; that will stop before the main act on the German American Pavilion starts, she said. Tables will be set up on the closed street for people to use. For Kids Day, children will set up booths and sell their homemade items, Tooley said. She hopes to have local entertainment performing on the pavilion stage as well. The board told Tooley to make sure Old National Bank, which is at the corner of Fourth and U.S. 231, has access to its parking lot.
• Hired Brewer Farms to grind up the limbs that have piled up for more than a year at the city limb yard and haul away the chips; the company will do the work for $7,900.
• Declared old extrication equipment as surplus. The Huntingburg Volunteer Fire Department will make arrangements for another fire department to receive the equipment, Fire Chief Scott Patberg said.
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