The Ramsey County Commission voted to urge the state to do something about a dangerous stretch of U.S. Highway No. 2 east of the city where a recent accident took a Devils Lake man’s life.
Commissioner Myrna Heisler said she came upon that accident and expressed her alarm at how dangerous that spot is along the highway.
She said from what she could see it looked as if a semi pulling an empty flat bed trailer had exited the truck stop to turn east, but was stopped because of on-coming traffic. That left his flat bed trailer blocking both lanes of the west-bound highway as he waited in the median. Although it was only about 5:30 p.m. it was as dark as can be, she said, so the driver coming from the east heading west could not see that his path was blocked by the flat bed trailer waiting to pull across.
The commission discussed several things that could be done to make that location safer for drivers like flashing lights, better lighting and turn lanes were all suggested.
In the end they decided to send a letter to the state Department of Transportation urging that something be done to make that stretch of Highway 2 safer for drivers or there will surely be more fatalities and injuries at that location.
Tanya Wieler as Human Resources coordinator for the county, went through a number of changes to the policies in the employee handbook. The commission voted to approve some of the changes while others will wait until States Attorney Lonnie Olson can look through them.
One issue of concern was raised about courthouse security and it was suggested that for the present perhaps all doors leading into the courthouse be locked so that the only way into the building would be the front doors although for safety purposes people could still exit by any other door. Enhancements and repairs to the complex’s surveillance system was discussed with Emergency Manager Kristen Nelsen, as well.
Paul Christenson, Mayor of the city of Churchs Ferry asked for the county’s support in asking the railroad to keep the 281 spur crossing maintained. “It’s an economic development issue,” he said. “Many people travel through there on their way to and from work.”
The county voted to send a letter to Governor Jack Dalrymple asking for his assistance with this matter concerning the railroad.
Tom Traynor was present at the meeting to represent a landowner who was petitioning for the closing of a section line located in an area of residential development. The location was projected onto the flat screen TV viewscreen in the commission chambers and following some discussion the commission voted to approve the closure.
Page 2 of 2 - Heisler reported that she had met with the Arts in the Park committee and with Roger Gunderson and as a result asked that they grant the group access to the Memorial Building without charge should they need it during the summer. They voted to do just that provided the space wasn’t already spoken for and that notice was given by noon of that day so arrangements could be made.