Napoleon Homestead News

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September 16, 2020

Main Ave Speed Limit To Be Adjusted

By Jessica Wald

The speed limit for Main Avenue in Napoleon was changed for the second time in two months during the regular Napoleon City Council meeting last Tuesday, September 8. City council members present included Mayor Todd Moos, Arron Marquart, Bob Humann, Clark Haas, Jon Starkey and Debbie Sperle, while Rod Kleppe was absent. 

During August’s regular meeting Police Chief Nogosek requested the council look into lowering the speed limit, along with making it consistent throughout the whole length of the street. The council then approved a 15 mph limit from Highway 3 to the end of Main Avenue on the west by the Golden Age building. 

At this month’s meeting council members questioned if the speed limit is too low, especially where there is less traffic on the west end of Main Ave. After discussion the council agreed to change the speed limit to accompany three different sections of the street; from the start of Main Ave. at Highway 3 to the Zimmerman Law building at 289 Main Ave W, the speed limit will be 20 mph, then from the Law building going west near the start of the Napoleon City Park the limit will be lowered to 15 mph and from there to the end of Main Ave to the 600 block on the west the speed limit will once again be 20 mph. The signs, which were previously put up will need to be replaced.

The council discussed an estimate of $800 for light repair and connection on the Napoleon water tower. Mayor Moos also requested a quote on installing a hook up for Christmas lights. He said the estimate came in at $3,000. The council then questioned the liability issue of having an employee working on lights at the top of the tower. They all agreed they love the look of the lights, but it’s not worth the liability, nor the time/money. The council decided to ask their attorney about the liability/waiver if they had someone put up lights on their own time instead of the city’s. The council also said the Christmas lights around town look awesome, but the city maintenance employees could be working on city projects instead of decorating, as it does take a lot of time commitment. The council approved the $800 estimate for the light.

The council discussed preparation for the special budget meeting, which is scheduled for September 29 at 7:00 p.m. They said they will give residents an opportunity to voice any concerns at this time. To practice social distancing and depending if and how many people attend, the council will allow three citizens in the room at a time, while others can wait their turn outside in their vehicle. 

Dump ground officer Debbie Sperle noted an electronics drop off day will be. . .

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