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Poll gives opportunity for input

Employees with the Farmington Public Works Department has a poll on Facebook asking for residents' input on the intersection of Maple and Potosi Streets. The intersection could possibly be made a four-way stop for a 90-day trial period. 

One local community is reaching out to the citizens regarding a busy intersection.

During the Farmington City Council meeting on Thursday, it was announced an informal poll would be placed on the city’s Facebook pages to gather input on the intersection.

The posting asks readers “Would you like to see a 4-way stop at the intersection of Potosi Street and Maple Street? Reply in the comments if you have another idea for the intersection.”

Approximately two hours after the post went online Friday, more than 360 votes were cast – with the majority noting “yes” as to a four-way stop at that location. Those visiting the poll also left other traffic busy spots in the comments.

Anyone without a Facebook page is asked to call 573-756-0608 to cast a vote.

“We have some pretty challenging intersections in Farmington,” Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers said after the meeting. “Karsch, Plaza Drive and Walton Drive is a problem for us. Maple Street and Potosi is a problem for us. Liberty Street and A Street is a congested intersection.

“We all know where those are, but geographically we don’t have much room to do anything” in regards due to expanding the intersections due to nearby homes and businesses.

One possible solution to solve traffic tie-ups in the area is the installation of a four-way stop. Currently, motorists traveling east and west on Maple Street are required to stop.

Beavers noted traffic travels a bit faster on Potosi Street. Compounding to the complaints heard most by the city is the slight incline for those traveling east on Maple Street is a slight hill and small business sign – “which makes people a little hesitant about pulling out” onto Potosi Street, he said.

One concern with a four-way stop at that location would be traffic build-up along Potosi Street during peak traffic times.

“We have a number of business locations there, too,” Beavers said. “I think we’ll just field test it, take comments from people and see if it’s better or worse with a four-way stop.”

In other business, Ward III Councilman Wayne Linnenbringer announced in the Public Safety committee report Fire Chief Todd Mecey requested the city not take the money awarded through the Regional SCBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus) Grant based on the type of equipment required to purchase through the grant.

Beavers explained the city has participated independently in federal fire act grants – purchasing, according to the city administrator, “quite a bit of equipment.”

Recently, he explained, the funding requirements for the program were changed to a regional awarding of the grants.

In September, it was reported Farmington, along with Leadington, Desloge, Bonne Terre and Big River Fire Departments, were awarded close to $750,000 to be divided among the departments for the purchase of SCBA equipment.

“The other departments chose MSA equipment,” Beavers said. “Their evaluation was it suited their needs better.”

The Farmington Fire Department uses Scott Equipment – a brand Beavers said the department has always used and highly recommended by Chief Mecey.

Because of the recommendation, the city will choose not to accept the $150,000 portion of the grant and proceed as normal in purchasing equipment without the federal funding assistance.

“The way the apparatus works, the safety features incorporated with not only that equipment but the next generation equipment coming out from Scott is just better, more reliable equipment for our firefighters,” Beavers said.

He noted the Oct. 29 fire in Farmington where two firefighters were injured following a flashover. Both are recovering,

“Had the equipment failed in that circumstance, it could have been life-threatening,” he said. “We do have real world experience in our firefighters being involved in dangerous situations.

“When we’re selecting equipment for our team, we go to the nth degree to make sure we’re outfitting them with the best equipment we can.”

In other business, Mayor Larry Forsythe presented a proclamation to members of the Sarah Barton Murphy Chapter, NSDAR in recognition of National American Indian Heritage Month.

Council action included the approval of an ordinance for a contract with Jviation, Inc. for Aviation Project Consultant Services for a property “A” map update of the Farmington Regional Airport, as well as a resolution to approve an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Industrial Development Authority of Farmington.

Information Technology Administrator Dr. Floyd Massey gave his annual report on the city’s IT services.

The council next meets in regular session on Nov. 26.

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Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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