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City to remove Historic District traffic barriers

By: Eric Laughlin Telegraph Correspondent
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The big news out of last week’s Folsom city council meeting involved the city manager’s preliminary budget outline and the potential for layoffs, but there were other issues that triggered plenty of discussion. After hearing from several residents of the Folsom Historic District regarding a proposal to remove road barriers from three area intersections, the council moved forward with the staff recommendation to proceed with such a proposal. The barriers that would be removed are located at the intersections of Riley and Mormon streets, Sutter and Scott streets and Riley and Figueroa streets. All three had been set up to limit traffic flow in and out of residential areas prior to Folsom Lake Crossing bridge’s opening. Mark Rackovan, a senior civil engineer with the Public Works Department, argued that traffic flow in the Historic District has seen a decrease since the bridge opening and that the barriers were only meant to be installed temporarily. Others who expressed their feelings on the blockers, including resident Candy Miller, said she hasn’t noticed traffic problems since the bridge went online. She went on to express her concerns over the barriers’ “ugly” appearance. Another resident said the bigger problem in the area is excessive speed. When it was time to vote, all were in favor of removing the barriers, except for councilmember Ernie Sheldon, who said he had concerns with traffic. Other business on the agenda involved the approval of the Police Department’s application for a state grant in the amount of $303,682. The grant would help fund traffic enforcement, particularly in regard to DUI patrol. The grant will not have any kind of fiscal impact on the city. In addition to regular agenda items, several proclamations were announced. They included announcing April 10-17 as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week for police and fire dispatchers. A handful of such workers were present in the council chambers and were recognized by staff members and those on the council. One final announcement involved a new website launched by the Friends of Folsom Parkways. The site, folsomtrails.org, is expected to help citizens better navigate the city’s various trails.