St. Michael: traffic counts don’t warrant signal at O’Day

Request follows traffic death

The St. Michael City Council said traffic counts do not currently meet state warrants for a signalized intersection at Hwy. 241 and O’Day Avenue.

Resident Paul Overman was present to discuss the dangers of that intersection in light of his relative who died recently in a car crash there.

Overman requested the council install traffic lights at certain intersections to make them safer, particularly near I-94.

Mayor Jerry Zachman said the city petitioned MnDOT to allow traffic signals at those intersections, but that the traffic counts from side streets are not enough to warrant the lights per MnDOT requirements.

City administrator Steve Bot said he would provide Overman with contact information for MnDOT personnel.

David Larson, 70, of Monticello died Monday, July 14, after a two-car crash at Hwy. 241 and O’Day.



In other matters, city administrator Bot updated the council regarding the Beebe Lake levels.

He said the no wake ordinance over the entire lake was to expire July 24, but the no wake within 300 feet of shoreline would still be in effect. Lake levels are slowly dropping and the gate has been opened a few times to further drain water, Bot added.

He said there were some significant repairs needed on the gate that further proves the need to move forward with more permanent and long-term solutions to the water problems on Beebe Lake.

Bot concluded that he informed the lake association that if phases two or three of the lake lowering project are initiated, it would likely include assessments to benefiting property owners.

Staff will continue to work with the state on possible grant opportunities to help fund such a project, and the council’s consensus was not to move ahead with plans for phase two or three until grant money is received.

In other action, the council:

APPOINTED Matt Robeck to the remaining two and a half years on an Economic Development Authority term.