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Perham City Council: Road projects to divert truck traffic out of town

City of Perham staff and council members are trying to protect streets through town by diverting more semi-trucks around the town instead of through it.

In conjunction with a street project near Tuffy's involving the closure of County Road 8 this spring, new signage in and around Perham is planned to be installed in an effort to keep semi-trucks, that don't belong there, out. City council members heard another update on ideas being discussed at public works meetings.

City engineer Jade Berube shared with the council that public works members reviewed the preliminary County 8 closure and truck route signage plans last week at the monthly meeting.

"There are a number of trucks that have to come downtown whether it be for Jennie-O or for Service Food deliveries and other businesses ... but if we can avoid the majority of these other trucks and try to keep them off these streets that the city has invested in over the years, it's going to be better for everyone involved," Berube said.

In addition to new signage and closures, Berube said there will be a temporary four-way stop at the EMS building and likely other four-way stops to be implemented as well.

It's anticipated the plan will have further review prior to installing new permanent signage along Coney Street and other various truck routes. Signage may be installed as soon as March.

Berube said they are also working with MnDOT to see if there is any way to improve suggested signage along Hwy 10 to further reduce downtown truck traffic.

Councilman James Johnson wanted to clarify that the truck route signs will be very visible. Berube noted that they will be signs like those already installed, which should be very visible.

Discussion will continue as this project moves forward this spring.

In other city engineering notes:

• The 2015 improvement project on Third Ave. SE is being reviewed for final payment. It's anticipated the project will be closed out in early 2018.

• The Wellhead Protection Plan has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health for approval. Their internal comment period ends March 6. They have until April 4 to approve the document.

• Winter suspension is currently underway for the Third Street NE project. A walk through is set to happen in the spring to review potential cleanup items for the project.

The council also:

• Approved the Perham Area Community Center budget with all in favor and with no discussion.

• Authorized staff to host a Hazardous Waste Mobile Collection on Wednesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Authorized the purchase of a new 72-inch cutting deck mower, for $11,547 from RDO of Hawley.

• Authorized the purchase of a new paint striper at a price just under $10,000 from Diamond Vogel Paint in Fargo.

• Authorized advertising for the sale of vehicles using the sealed bid process.

In other scheduled happenings:

The City Office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19 for President's Day. The Semi-Annual Perham Area EMS Meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 19 at the Cactus. Supper will be served at 6 p.m.; the meeting will follow. The EDA Retreat is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Perham Lakeside Event Center at 8:30 a.m. The Committee of the Whole is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5:15 p.m. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 12 at 5:15 p.m. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Legislative Action Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 in St. Paul. The 2018 League of Minnesota Cities Legislative Conference for Cities is scheduled for March 21-22 in St. Paul.