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Toledo City Council proposes decreasing Ross St. speed limit

December 19, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Staff Writer , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Toledo's City Council is once again proposing another change near the Tama-Toledo Recreation Trail.

City of Toledo Director of Public Works Mark Zmolek suggested lowering the speed limit on Ross Street at last week's regular meeting. He suggested the city council decrease the speed limit from its current 25 mph to 15 mph near the Toledo Heights park and east of where the trail crosses Ross Street.

The decreased speed limit would slow down traffic near the park and the trail, where walkers and runners cross Ross Street, Zmolek said. This change would be another since the tragic accident in October, where a runner was struck and killed by a car as he was on the trail and crossing13th Street in Tama.

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Westbound view on West Ross Street in Toledo.
Chronicle file/Jimmy Gillispie

The City of Tama, City of Toledo and Tama County have made several improvements to the trail and the roads that intersect it since the accident. Speed limits along 13th Street in Tama were lowered and more speed limit signs were placed and 13th and Ross streets in both cities. Smaller stop signs have been placed on the trail for bicyclists, runners and walkers to use when crossing the intersecting streets.

The Toledo City Council approved the motion for a resolution to lower the speed limit on Ross Street with a 4-0 vote. The council set the public hearing for the resolution for the Jan. 14 meeting.

In other city council news, Dave Stoklasa from Snyder and Associates explained the Planning and Design Loan for the new water treatment plant to the council last week. The amount was set at $286,000 with 0 percent interestt with no obligation for three years. The council unanimously voted to apply for the loan.

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The city council has also agreed to advertise the Reinig Center at the Wieting Theatre in exchange for allowing the theatre to use the Reinig Center for trivia nights twice a year.

The next regular city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 14.



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