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A?good move to promote safety

December 8, 2010
The Daily Freeman Journal

Monday night, the?City Council of Webster City took some steps to make the community a safer place. The council approved the first reading of an ordinance to set a maximum speed limit of 15 mph in the city's alleys.

City officials said the police probably won't patrol the alleys any more than they do already, but this move gives motorists some guidelines now. Speed limits for the alleys had previously not been established.

Children playing or cars backing from garages can make alleys dangerous places, especially at high rates of speed. With active tipsters in the community, speeders will have no choice but to slow down.

The council also approved the first reading of a measure that would eliminate parking on the west side of Lynx Avenue, between the high school parking lot and Collins Street. With cars parked along both sides, the street became virtually a one-way street.?Children's sports events are held at the adjacent fields and it's not uncommon to see youngsters darting across the street between cars. The new construction at the high school includes more parking which school officials said would help replace any parking lost due to the new ordinance.

The Daily Freeman-Journal applauds the actions of the City Council in its continuing efforts to make the community a safer place to live and work.



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