By Carol C. Neugent
Safety concerns brought Haysville resident George Lespagnard to Monday night’s City Council meeting, where he addressed the mayor and council members.
He said that during certain events held at Colt Stadium and the surrounding area, parking at the corner of Timberlane Drive and Peachtree Lane becomes hazardous.
“People park right up to the corner on both sides of the intersection,” he said. According to Lespagnard this occurs on the north side of Timberlane Drive where there are no markings.
Lespagnard said that his concern was for children on bicycles or others who are walking and might not be paying close attention. When cars park so close to the corner visibility is apparently obscured.
“My wife and I are very careful when we walk through there. Some of the kids might not be,” Lespagnard said. “I’m really concerned about kids on bicycles.”
Council member Keith Pierce, who represents Ward I, which includes the area where the intersection is located, said the issue is important
“This is not a chronic everyday thing, but coincides with activities at Colt Stadium,” said Pierce.“He has not exaggerated that people park right up to the corner.
“Let’s not take this casually…It is a big deal.”
Council member Steve Crum, who also represents Ward I, voiced his agreement.
“I agree totally with Mr. Pierce,” Crum stated. “We need to take this seriously.”
Crum mentioned that additional parking was available as a result of recent improvements the school district had made. He suggested that people needed to be made better aware of where parking is located.
Mayor Bruce Armstrong clarified that it sounded like the corner was the actual problem area. Pierce added that the problem seemed to be specific to Peachtree Lane. He noted that there did not seem to be an issue with either Mimosa or Park Drive.
Pierce suggested that the city apply the rules involved with a site triangle to the area. He also proposed that a no parking area be considered.
“Maybe we could have no parking for 10 or 15 feet…or whatever the right distance is,” he said.
Armstrong ultimately instructed public works director Randy Dorner and Police Chief Jeff Whitfield to look into the situation and see what could be done.
In other business:
• Gayle Martin with the Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs presented Mini MPA certificates of completion to planning and community relations coordinator Jeana Morgan and council member Russ Kessler. The Mini MPA program is a series of classes focused on executive development in public administration.
• PRIDE chairperson Tom Gibson addressed the council about the upcoming city-wide cleanup dates. Gibson noted this was the 13th year for the cleanup. The area west of the railroad tracks is scheduled for June 1; the east side of the tracks is June 8. Permits for the event are on sale at the Haysville Community Library and the True Value Hardware store. Permits cost $15.
• Proclamations were approved for Police Week 2013 and National Kids to Parks Day on May 18.
• Following extended discussion and dissention by council member Bob Rardin, council accepted a bid from Cornejo & Sons for Turkle Street paving improvements in the amount of $191,380.
• Council also approved bids from various contractors for city-wide concrete improvements, mowing and minor refuse removal services, and the refinishing of the hardwood floors at the community building.
• Recreation director Georgie Carter presented two agreements that were approved. The first was an agreement between the city and school district for use of soccer fields. The second agreement was with Rainbow Fireworks, Inc. for the July 4th fireworks display.
• City engineer Joe Hickle presented a supplemental agreement with Professional Engineering Consultants for construction administrative services on the Cowskin Creek crossing project. Council approved the agreement.
• A proposal and presentation concerning the rehabilitation of water well #8 prompted comments from council member Seth Konkel about the city’s purchasing policy.
• Announcements were made about the National Kids to Parks Day events on Saturday, the pool opening on May 25, and the next council meeting being moved to Tuesday, May 28 due to the Memorial Day holiday.