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Traffic Safety Commission

 

Minutes

Tim Flaherty:  9-10:01 a.m.                                             
Judy Goldsmith:  9-10:01 a.m.                                        

Tom Janke:  9:02-10:01 a.m.                                           
Steve Klein:  9-10:01 a.m.                                                

Kim Mueller:  9-10:01 a.m.                                             
Scott Nelson:  9-10:01 a.m.                                              

Luke Newman:  9-10:01 a.m.                                          
Michael Panosh:  Excused                

Jordan Skiff:  9-10:01 a.m.                                               
Jessica E. Slavin:  9-10:01 a.m.                       

William Tadych:  9-10:01 a.m.                                       
Dean P. Will:  9-10:01 a.m.                                                             

John G. Zorn:  9-10:01 a.m.

 

Also present were alternate members Eric Halbach and Ryan Sommer, Ryan Waldschmidt, Rick Olig, Anna Schenk and Lisa Freiberg.

 

1. Call meeting to order.

Chair Steve Klein called the meeting to order at 9 a.m.

 

2. Introduction of members/guests.

 

3. Selection of officers.

a. Motion (Will/Zorn) to nominate Steve Klein for chair. Motion (Zorn/Goldsmith) to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Steve Klein. Motion carried.

b. Motion (Will/Klein) to nominate William Tadych for vice chair. Motion (Zorn/Will) to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for William Tadych. Motion carried.

 

4. Approve minutes of the March 13, 2019, meeting.

Motion (Will/Zorn) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.

 

5. Members of the public who wish to address the commission on specific agenda items must register their requests at this time, with such comments subject to the reasonable control of the commission chair, as set forth in “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

There was no public comment.

 

6. Review fatal and serious injury crashes for the last three months.

Chair Klein reported that the city did not have any fatal crashes the last quarter. Capt. Tadych reviewed two fatal accidents that occurred in the county, one on June 2 on Lakeshore Drive north of Cemetery Road in Friendship and the other on June 6 on State Road 175 north of County Road Y in Byron.

 

7. Review of roundabout crash data by Fond du Lac County highway engineer Ryan Sommer.

Ryan Sommer reviewed the roundabout crash data, which indicates that the severity of crashes is down and that roundabouts keep traffic moving.

 

8. Roundtable discussion.

a. Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Scott Nelson reported that the village of Eden project is scheduled to be completed by July 31. A six-mile stretch of State Road 67 to the county line will be resurfaced sometime this summer. A project on State Road 23 west from Townline Road to Interstate 41 is scheduled to begin Sept. 1; left turn lanes will be installed at Esterbrook Road as part of the resurfacing project.

 

b. City Police.

Chair Klein spoke on the challenging enforcement issues around construction zones.

c. Sheriff’s Office

Capt. Tadych reported that summer is upon us and the motorists are out. He gave a reminder for motorists to watch for motorcycles. Lt. Eric Halbach reported on the awarded $55,000 highway safety enforcement grant, which needs to be used in June and July.

 

d. State Patrol.

Sgt. Luke Newman reported that summer traffic has begun and weekend traffic is busy. On June 25 from 3-7 p.m., there will be an aircraft detail on State Road 23. If there’s inclement weather, it will be a road detail.

 

e. Health Department.

Health Officer Kim Mueller reported that she worked with Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt on a seatbelt safety press release.

 

f. Education.

There was no report.

 

g. Bureau of Transportation Safety.

Rick Olig reported that as of June 11, there have been 191 fatal accidents statewide; there were 201 at this time last year. There have been 206 fatalities this year; there were 223 at this time last year. Mr. Olig provided additional traffic statistics, including injuries and alcohol and drug involvement. The Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety is Aug. 21 and 22; Mr. Olig highlighted some of the breakout sessions being offered. Mr. Olig will have the County Clerk’s Office email members a report on current proposed legislation.

 

h. Department of Public Works.

Jordan Skiff reported on traffic projects and the challenge of drivers not paying attention in work zones.

 

Current and completed city projects:

  • Johnson Street crosswalks were replaced, which required detours.
  • North Macy Street was closed for a while due to bricks falling off Macy Mini Mall. The road is open and work continues on the building, requiring closure of the right parking lane.
  • The bridge on South Hickory Street was repaired and is now open.
  • Reconstruction of the Arndt Street bridge is currently going on.
  • Main Street from Merrill Avenue to Johnson Street was supposed to be reconstructed this year; however, the bid was too high. It will be rebid later this fall with the project starting in spring 2020.

Future projects:

  • 2021 – Military Road from Western Avenue to railroad tracks.
  • 2021 – Division Street bridge.

i. Highway Department.

  • Highway Commissioner Tom Janke thanked the Sheriff’s Office for its support while the Highway Department does nighttime paving on Interstate 41.
  • County Road V and VV – currently working on storm sewer.
  • County Road UU paving – project completed.
  • County Road DD to Sheboygan County line – paving.
  • County Road G – reconstruction of Main Street in St. Cloud.
  • New county highway garage construction continues.
  • Discussed legislation that would require driver’s education students to have a lesson on driving in work zones.
  • Discussion was held on whether or not rumble strips are needed on County Road W west of Dotyville; they were removed when the road was resurfaced.

j. County Board.

There was no report.

 

k. Moraine Park Technical College.

There was no report.

 

l. Legal.

There was no report.

 

9. Future agenda items and meeting date.

The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

 

10. Adjournment.

Motion (Will/Goldsmith) to adjourn the meeting at 10:01 a.m. Motion carried.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk

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