Friday, July 31, 2015

Latest preliminary proposal for Mullan Avenue unveiled

Preliminary designs to convert Mullan Avenue in the Fort Ground neighborhood into a more pedestrian friendly street, with slower vehicle speeds, are proceeding. As currently proposed, the design provides the City with the flexibility of closing Mullan during “peak pedestrian” events such as Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes. The city’s consultant will continue to draft modifications on the current plan based on comments from the public and city staff. The City Council is expected to review the preliminary design in late August or early September.

Key features of the preliminary design include:

·          No trees are removed.
·         Traffic Circles (not to be confused with roundabouts) are added to promote traffic calming and create a turnaround area when Mullan Road is closed.
·         Signage will notify vehicles in advance that the road is closed and there is “No outlet” but vehicles will need roadway space to circle back out.   Traffic circles may also include landscaping or art work.   The City has a traffic circle on West Canfield Avenue one block east of Ramsey Road.
·         The parking lot proposed in the concept plan for the northwest corner of City Park is removed and on street parking is provided to replace parking removed from Mullan Road.
·         Neighborhood parking is added on Mullan Road to replace parking removed by reconfiguring Park Drive.

Latest Coffee with the Mayor Show now airing on CDA-TV

From left, NIC SRO Gus Wessel, Council President Woody McEvers, Mayor Steve Widmyer, Sgt. Christie Wood, and Canfield SRO Steve Harris.

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and Council President Woody McEvers recently sat down with Coeur d’Alene Police Department officials to discuss the department’s School Resource Officer program.

The discussion included the tremendous success of the SRO program, how it all got started, the benefits of having a police presence in the schools, and how the role of an SRO differs from regular police duties.

The Coffee with the Mayor SRO show is now airing on cable CDA-TV nd can be seen on Sundays and Wednesdays at noon, Mondays and Fridays at 12 a.m., and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Community leaders welcome credit union

Idaho Central Credit Union, a respected banking corporation with 26 locations across Idaho, opened its newest branch in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday during a ceremony attended by dozens of dignitaries. During the event, ICCU officials presented Jobs Plus with a $15,000 check to show its support for the community

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Intersection work at Fourth and Montana to detour traffic

Beginning Monday, city street crews will begin reconstructing the intersection of Fourth Street and Montana Avenue in Midtown, which will prompt detours for several weeks. Motorists are encouraged to use Government Way or Seventh Street as alternative routes during construction.

Detour routes will be clearly marked (see map) and local access to the construction area will be allowed. Businesses will remain open and parking on Fourth Street will not be affected. The city appreciates the patience of motorists.

The work is expected to be complete no later than Sept. 1.

Poll shows support for E. Sherman revitalization

By wide margin, a majority of citizens who responded to this month’s CityPoll question (Should East Sherman be Revitalized?) favored moving forward with improvements. There were 140 ‘Yes’ votes and 38 ‘No’ votes.

Community Planning Director Hilary Anderson said she was encouraged by the results.

“While we know this is not a scientific poll, it indicates that there is broad support in the community to consider ways to create more energy in the corridor,” Anderson said. “The city has also received a lot of great feedback at two well-attended town hall meetings and at the recent CDA 2030 Annual Celebration where there was an opportunity for the community to vote on ‘easy wins’ for East Sherman.”

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