Town of Minden decides on stop signs |

Town of Minden decides on stop signs

by Maggie O'Neill

Minden residents asked for street signs and crosswalks at Lantana Drive in Winhaven at Wednesday’s monthly board meeting.

Board members will ask county representatives to update a traffic study done in the area three years ago and to supplement that with a townwide traffic analysis.

Plans include putting in two stop signs at Lantana at the intersection of Lantana and Verbena, which dead-ends at Lantana. The town engineer will also look at other possibilities to slow traffic.

Residents at the meeting applauded the board’s decision.

Winhaven resident Lowell Craig, who compiled traffic statistics for cars traveling on Lantana between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, discovered more than 450 vehicles traveled through the area.

“That’s a lot of cars for a Wednesday,” he said.

Residents say Lantana is used to shortcut to and from Highway 395. Drivers traveling through sometimes speed on the road, are rude, and not watchful of children and adults.

Janet Stockert suggested the town erect a children-at-play sign, and said she recently witnessed a near head-on collision at Verbena and Lantana, where the town now plans to put stop signs.

“School children stand at that corner,” she said. “Would that have been a disaster.”

The county’s 2001 traffic study of Lantana revealed some speeding on the roadway, but not enough to warrant action. The county did not take any action at that time.

“Clearly the people who live on that street feel it is a dangerous situation,” said board member Bob Hadfield.

Also at the meeting, the board:

— Voted to dig a hole at Westwood Park for a 1942 Kiwanis monument found several years ago on old Kingsbury Grade. Greg Hill, public works coordinator, will oversee the digging.

— Skipped over a withdrawn item seeking permission to allow a steeple at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Mahogany Drive. The item will be on a future agenda.

— Approved requests by the Monte Vista Development to subdivide a parcel.

— Approved preliminary plans for an Arby’s restaurant planned south of the Minden AM/PM on Highway 395. The franchise has allowed modifications to the building to adhere to Minden’s requirements.

— Continued a hearing until next month about requested changes at the Copper Peak planned development near Lucerne Street and Highway 395

— Awarded a $69,000 street sealing project to Custom Coating more than one million square feet.

— Approved a water-main extension to Bently Science Park, which is building a 6,000 square foot biodiesel facility and expects to use 2,000 gallons of water per day.

— Approved a wellhead protection plan and agreed to sell town water rights at $3,500 an acre foot. Water rights sales were approved at the new rate for two different applicants seeking purchase.

— Agreed the public works coordinator will work with residents who planted trees that are now prohibited under he sidewalk and tree policy, and decided to spend a maximum of $2,000 to replace trees on Fifth Street.

— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’ or 782-5121, ext. 214.