The speed that motorists drive through the Town of Crawford has long been a matter of concern for the town council. On Aug. 7, the trustees considered a resolution which would establish a master speed limit of 20 miles per hour for streets and 10 miles per hour for alleys.
Bruce Bair, public works director, expressed concern about having to post signs on alleys. The signs and the labor to install them would cost about $100 each. "For me, signage is best kept simple," Bair said. He asked if the alleys would be posted separately. He also asked how the speed limits for the alleys would be enforced.
Hetty Todd, trustee, wanted the alleys posted.
It would take a dozen speed limit signs just for the alleys.
Mike Tiedeman, trustee, suggested speed limit signs at the entrances to town could cover both limits — streets 20 miles per hour, alleys 10 miles per hour. That way the alleys wouldn't have to have individual signs.
The town speed limits will not affect CDOT speed limit signs on Highway 92.
The council approved the resolution for the master speed limits.
The council then considered and approved a resolution to establish excavation permit fees. Currently the town has the right to a fee, but has never established one. This resolution would establish an excavation permit fee of $25 per the first $1,000 of work to be performed and $1 per $1,000 after that. A $250 refundable deposit would be required at the time of an issued permit. When "all requirements of [the] permit has been satisfied" then the $250 deposit would be refunded. The permit is for one year.
Bair said the permit would provide protection for the town that contractors are bonded and are responsible for the work and for any damages to town right of ways. The permit is required for "excavation in any public street, alley or other public way."
The Town of Crawford will be reimbursed for the cost of a site visit by the public works department.
The council unanimously approved the increase in building permit rates. Mike Tiedeman is the town's building inspector. Larry Kontour, trustee, asked Tiedeman what qualifications he had for the job. "I have a truck and can drive through town. I have common sense," Tiedeman replied. "I've never run into anyone who pushed me further than that yet."
Mayor Steckel pointed out the town does not have a building code.
Jackie Savage, town clerk, noted that the only thing on the books in Crawford is that a builder is not encroaching on their neighbor's property.
Bair said it's good to have a building permit so the town knows what is being done. The town has easements for water and sewer going through properties.
Kontour asked what the town should do if someone wants to build a house with substandard materials?
"That's a whole different code," Tiedeman said. The town does not have building codes.
Mayor Steckel said now when people buy a home through a real estate agency a building inspector does an inspection. If a buyer doesn't use a real estate agency, then they decide if they want an inspection done or not.
The approved resolution allows the town to charge a building permit fee of $25 per the first $1,000 of work to be performed and $1 per $1,000 after that. The permitee is responsible for the cost of replacement of any damage to town right of ways or property plus pay for the cost of a site visit by the public works department.
The final agenda item concerned what to charge for room rentals at town hall. The council understands that it needs to charge more for the use of the upstairs community room and the other rooms which were formerly occupied by the library. The middle room can accommodate 13 to 15 people. The historical classroom can fit up to 35 people. Renting those two rooms will save on having to always rent out the large community room.
Currently, the community room is rented for $10 and if over 30 people the rental fee is $20.
The town incurred a deficit of $1,250 in cleaning costs for the upstairs last year.
Jackie Savage said it only cost $252.43 to paint the upstairs, which she and her husband did.
It was also suggested a day charge on tables and chairs should be established.
The community room will be locked when not in use.
Mayor Steckel said the rental costs will be discussed at the work session on Wednesday, Aug. 21. It starts at 7 p.m.
In a non-agenda item, the council gave their consent for the closure of one block of Cedar from E Street to Highway 92 on Sept. 1 for the second annual Bait Box and More. There will be a band, food, a lawn mower race and dancing. Those attending should bring a food dish to contribute to the potluck. Last year over 100 people attended.blog comments powered by Disqus