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OK, I have been lazy about going to City Council meetings. I should have been there when the Council decided it would be better to cave to the demands of a group of citizens who somehow decided that they know what is best for the rest of us. I generally pay close attention to electing candidates and then trust that they are getting information and making plans that I will approve of. If they stray too far, the electorate will pull them back before too much damage is done. I do not have time to sort through different traffic plans for the city — me being lazy again?
I live off of Clay Street, and I go through the Main-Clay intersection several times in an average day. I have developed the pattern of when there are no cars coming up to the stop sign going west, I pull out into the lane that is empty hoping to get a chance to go through the intersection from there. Rarely are there just a few cars in the area. There is a traffic problem in this complicated intersection and the main reason that it works at all is the innate good will of the drivers going through.
The best solution is now off the table, a roundabout. The business owner who is against the roundabout must have had an awakening and realized that traffic patterns through either a four-way stop or a signaled intersection will cause even more problems for his customers getting into his parking lot than a roundabout would have. It is bad right now, and I have shopped at his business whenever I need some sort of auto part or accessories for 40 years now and I will continue to shop there no matter what is put in.
Back in the bad old days, (yes, we had those along with the good old days), if someone was killed at an intersection, more traffic control was installed. I think we are way past that. Let’s just make it less of a hassle to get into our town and fix any obsolete bridges and roads that need work. If we want to keep the good old days, it is a little late, because there is nothing left on three of the four corners to remind us of them. The Ivy House is gone, the Victorian Church (replaced with a concrete tilt-up) is gone; I happen to think that the title company has a very presentable modern building. And, where the heck will we put the Druid monument?