Rogers okays new speed limit decrease on 129th Avenue

by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter

SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS

The Rogers City Council approved a new speed limit on a portion of 129th Avenue at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13. From Main Street to Red Fox Road the new speed limit is 35 mph and from Red Fox Road to Tucker Road the speed limit will become 40 mph. The new speed limit is a decrease, as the majority of the stretch of road was previously posted at 45 mph.

The change came about following the results of a MnDOT speed study. The study was required after the completion of recent roadwork on the street. The speed study measured how fast people were actually driving on the road and found that 85 percent were driving at or below 35 mph from Main Street to Red Fox Road and 40 mph from Red Fox Road to Tucker Road. The Council approved the new speeds based on MnDOT’s findings.

“It shows that that’s what the majority of people feel comfortable driving there,” said City Engineer Bret Weiss.

The Council also approved the hiring of Sheila Cartney for the new position of City Planner/Community Development Coordinator. The previous City Planner left of his own accord in 2009. Though the City hadn’t planned on eliminating the position, a tough economy, budget shortfalls, and a lack of development led them to utilize the opportunity as a way to cut costs by using a consultant for City Planning for the last four years.

“There’s more development happening now and we’ve got enough work that it was time to bring the Planning position back in house,” said City Administrator Steve Stahmer.

Cartney currently works as the Assistant Community Development Director for the City of Columbia Heights. Previously, she was the Senior Planner for the City of Elk River. She lives in Otsego.

Cartney described her interest in the position, “I like the city of Rogers. The downtown redevelopment that’s going to happen. The industrial park. I haven’t been able to work with one before so the opportunity for that was a real draw. And the fact that you have all that retail backfield, it shows a lot of economic development here.”

Cartney is expected to begin her new position on Sept. 16.

In other matters, the Council approved the planting of a tree in Fox Creek West Park in the memory of Megan Sample, a graduate of Rogers High School who died in a car accident in February 2012 while returning to North Dakota State University after a weekend visit home.

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