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New high school sign location questioned by resident

Nevada resident and former city council member Walt McDonald has concerns about the proposed Nevada High School announcement sign that is planned to sit along 19th Street near the softball field.

The sign, as currently proposed, would be five feet off the ground at the bottom and measure five feet high by eight feet wide.

McDonald worries for motorists’ safety as he said this sign would rest in the right of way at the intersection of H Avenue and 19th Street. McDonald asserts that placing a sign in this location would make it more difficult for motorists to check traffic as they turn onto 19th Street.

McDonald pointed out that 19th Street is the most common roadway used to enter the SCORE complex, as well being a main course to events at the high school and Gates Hall, especially for out-of-town visitors. McDonald said he did not want the city or the school to be liable if an accident occurs at that intersection.

Councilman Brian Hanson suggested that city and school staff investigate the possibility for the sign, which will give publicity to school events, to sit higher off the ground and not obstruct motorists’ view. The council agreed to table any decision until more information is gathered. A public hearing is set for July 14, when more information will be presented.

In other news, the Nevada Police Department welcomed new officer Dustin Demarest after Mayor Lynn Lathrop swore Demarest in. Public Safety Director Ricardo Martinez was pleased to announce that the department will have a full staff after Demarest is trained and Kelli Jo Springer graduates the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy this summer. In his report, Martinez also informed the council that he has received overwhelmingly positive feedback to Officer Josh Cizmadia’s bicycle patrol from citizens who frequent the city’s bicycle trails and the SCORE recreation complex. Martinez has ordered an additional bicycle for the department. Officer Josh Grimm will start bicycle patrols after he passes a certification course.

A public hearing is set for June 23 regarding continued discussion on the city amending its code to allow small animals within the city limits, and whether an animal control officer should be hired if the code is amended. City staff is currently gathering information on other city policies for comparison.

Finally, City Administrator Elizabeth Hanson encouraged interested citizens to provide feedback on the proposals for the use of the area in front of City Hall. Ideas were put forth by the 2014 Leadership Nevada graduates. Comment cards will be available at NuCara Pharmacy this week.

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