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City to discuss visibility issues at neighborhood intersection near K-State

By The Mercury

Members of a neighborhood just west of the Kansas State University campus will ask city commissioners Tuesday to approve changes they believe will improve traffic safety along their neighborhood’s main street Tuesday.

They will have the support of members of the city staff in their effort.

The appeal comes from residents along College Heights between Lee and College. They and city staff members will ask commissioners to approve first reading of ordinances authorizing ‘no parking’ zones along portions of the 1000 and 2100 blocks of College Heights. They will also ask the commission to make permanent a multi-way stop sign at the intersection of College Heights and College, just south of the Medical Center.

Residents say sight-line problems exacerbated by the presence of parked cars make the Lee-College Heights intersection dangerous. After reviewing the situation, members of the city staff essentially agreed with that assessment, and are proposing that the commission extend the current 60-foot “no parking” area an additional 85 feet to the west.

The area is less than a half mile from the KSU campus, and thus is near several units used for student housing along with fraternity houses.

The effort to make permanent a multi-way stop sign at the intersection of College Heights and College is also being presented as a safety issue. Traffic counts conducted earlier this month confirm that the intersection does not move enough traffic to justify a multi-way stop sign under normal circumstances. In a memo to commissioners, however, city engineer Peter Clark finds that “poor sight distances east of this intersection due to the vertical curve of the road and skew of the intersection provide sufficient criteria” to install the multi-way stops.

Also Tuesday, commissioners will discusses any changes they want to make to the city’s investment policy. In a memo to commissioners, finance director Bernie Hayen said the city currently has a portfolio of just under $52 million, with the possibility of an additional $15 million being invested without jeopardizing cash flows.

Tuesday’s discussion is largely prompted by a recommendation earlier this year from the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board that the city’s investment policy be revised in order to strengthen the policy language related to diversification and liquidity of investments.

The meeting convenes at 7 p.m. in the Commission chambers at City Hall.

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