The recent loss of a treasured pet dog which was struck and killed by a truck prompted a Tama man to appeal to the Tama City Council Monday night for better signage and enforcement on a residential street.
John Hutchinson, who lives in the 100 block of West 1st Street on the city's south side, told council members of his concerns for children who, accompanied by parents, walk in the street to the Mid-Iowa Community Action Headstart building next to his residence.
Hutchinson said a speeding truck hit his 10-year-old Sheltie, Ginger Snap, recently. He admitted the dog should not have been loose and in the street.
View of West 1st Street looking west acrosss U.S. Highway 62. Trucks travelling to the Tama paper mill ( located at the water tower in background) have caused safety concerns for at least one Tama resident. THE?MICA?Headstart building is at the left.
However, he said semi trucks bound for Caraustar, the Tama paper mill, often mistakenly use 1st Street when headed to the mill from U.S. Highway 63. Hutchinson said this is a concern not only with the foot traffic but associated speeding and when the trucks attempt to turn onto McClellan Street. He called for more signs prohibiting truck traffic and speed limit signs.
The designated truck route top the mill is 2nd Street, a block north, which runs parallel to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
Council members and city officials said they believe the semi truck drivers' GPS (Global Positioning Systems) are mistakenly directing the trucks to the wrong route.
Mayor Dan Zimmerman and council members said they believe a similar problem has developed recently with GPS is occurring which directs trucks traveling on U.S. Highway 63 onto Harding Street at 13th Street.
John Lloyd, Public Works director, was assigned to contact the Iowa Department of Transportation. The Highway 63 route is a federal highway and the DOT has jurisdiction over signage, officials said.