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New four-way stop coming downtown; another proposed
by Jebb Johnston
Nov 06, 2013 | 163 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A downtown intersection near City Hall will soon change to a four-way stop.

The Board of Aldermen also requested another intersection near the courthouse be studied.

Visibility issues contribute to the Board of Aldermen’s decision Tuesday to create a four-way stop at the intersection of Jackson Street and Foote Street.

“The main reason is because of the parking here on Jackson,” said Police Chief David Lancaster. “It’s very hard to see when you’re going west on Foote.”

Crashes, however, are not frequent at the junction of the two streets.

The board’s motion requests a period of 15 days elapse before the changeover in order to allow time to alert the public.

Alderman Andrew Labas requested that the city also take a look at creating a four-way stop at the intersection of Foote Street and Franklin Street in the area of the courthouse and Dollar General. He said it’s a dangerous spot.

In other business:

• The board approved a contract with a credit card processor in order to resume accepting payments by credit card in the tax office. This became an issue during the last tax season when the city wasn’t accepting credit cards and some people had trouble making payments.

• Aldermen approved the holiday schedule for the winter holidays including Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas and Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day.

• The board elected Ward 2 Alderman Ben Albarracin to serve as mayor pro tem for the upcoming year. J.C. Hill held the title during the past year.
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