Traffic Safety Commission
- Date: 09/11/2019 9:00 AM
- Location: City-County Government Center, Rooms G and H
160 S. Macy Street
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 54935
Tim Flaherty: 9-10:41 a.m.
Tom Janke: 9-10:41 a.m.
Kim Mueller: Excused
Luke Newman: 9-10:41 a.m.
Jordan Skiff: Excused
William Tadych: 9-10:41 a.m.
John G. Zorn: 9-10:41 a.m.
Also present were alternate member Ryan Sommer, Ryan Waldschmidt, Tom Dornbrook, Rick Olig, Cameron Doute, Jacci Ziebert 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.
Introductions were made.
3. Approve minutes of the June 12, 2019, meeting.
Motion (Will/Zorn) to approve the minutes. Motion carried.
4. 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. Speed limit discussion on STH 67 west city limits of Campbellsport.
Campbellsport Police Chief Tom Dornbrook expressed concerns regarding the posted speed limit on State Road 67 entering west of the village limits. This area has a newer subdivision, as well as the high school and town of Ashford properties, and the Eisenbahn State Trail crosses through it. Concerned citizens feel the speed limit should be lowered. Because this is a state road, the Department of Transportation would do the speed study. Motion (Zorn/ Will) to recommend that the state conduct a speed study at the State Road 67 west village limits as discussed with Chief Dornbrook. Motion carried. Joe Koch, Ashford town chair, will be notified of the study.
5. Community Maps update.
Rick Olig demonstrated the state of Wisconsin Community Maps website. He highlighted changes and reviewed navigation tools.
7. Review fatal and serious injury crashes for the last three months.
a. 07-18-19 Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office – STH 49 at Hemp Road. Capt. Bill Tadych reviewed the fatal crash.
b. 08-10-19 Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office – I-41 and Town Line Road (multi-vehicle serious injury). Capt.
Tadych reviewed the serious injury crash.
c. 09-01-19 Fond du Lac Police Department – Wisconsin American Drive and STH 23. Chair Klein reviewed the fatal injury crash.
8. Roundtable discussion.
a. Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Scott Nelson reported that the State Road 23 west project has begun. This corridor is closed during construction with posted detours. State Road 67 west has construction going on using flagging operations.
Chair Klein reported that a request was received to remove the stop sign on 2nd Street at Ellis Street. City Council voted to keep the stop sign on 2nd Street.
c. Sheriff’s Office.
Capt. Tadych provided numbers regarding the grant money used June 2 to Sept. 4. There were more than 1,900 traffic stops with 1,293 citations and 808 warnings. These numbers were compiled from all agencies in the county that participated. A $75,000 seatbelt grant was awarded, which will run from October 2019 through September 2020. There’s the potential that a speed grant will be awarded.
d. State Patrol.
Sgt. Luke Newman reported that summer travel season has ended. The next season of travel will be for hunting and winter activities. Although enforcement is primarily I-41, the agency also tries to focus on areas in need of additional enforcement.
e. Health Department.
There was no report.
There was no report.
g. Bureau of Transportation Safety.
Rick Olig provided an update on grants and statewide traffic statistics. Traffic-related deaths are down from last year at this time. There have been 63 motorcycle accident deaths year to date. He reported that traffic behavior patterns are concerning. The Governor’s Conference on Highway Safety went well; plans are underway for next year’s conference and topic ideas are requested. Mr. Olig provided legislative updates. He introduced Jacci Ziebert, who provided sample crash statistical reports that can be provided to agencies upon request.
h. Highway Department.
Highway Commissioner Tom Janke showed a video of the County Road V and Pioneer Road roundabout construction project. He also showed the current highway garage construction video. A possible upcoming project is a speed study on County Road V north of Campbellsport. Commissioner Janke reported that portable rumble strips will be a requirement at construction zones and highway department employees will need training for flagging certification. Ryan Sommer, highway engineer, commented that he contributed to The Reporter article on roundabouts.
i. County Board.
Dean P. Will would like ATV travel on county roads as an agenda item. He reported that 2020 county budget discussions have begun.
j. Moraine Park Technical College.
Tim Flaherty reported that there have been discussions in his classroom on today’s impatient drivers.
Jessica E. Slavin reported that she would be interested in looking at current and pending legislation on behalf of the commission.
9. Future agenda items and meeting date.
The next meeting is at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Motion (Will/Janke) to adjourn the meeting at 10:41 a.m. Motion carried.
Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk