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City approves citywide garage sale

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Aug 15, 2017
Photo by: NICOLE MAJOR/Ledger photo Fairfield City Engineer Melanie Carlson addresses the city council Monday night.

During public appearances at Monday’s city council meeting, Carrie Brownlee requested approval for a Relay for Life sponsored citywide garage sale. Council members considered and approved the event, which will take place alongside Kiwanis Kids’ Day Sept. 16.

Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy said it was good to see that the garage sale, which has gone on for several years to support Relay for Life, would be back.

“It’s for a good cause,” he said.

Fairfield resident John C. Miller also approached council with an idea of adding signage for narrow streets south of Burlington Avenue. Miller said he lives near Fillmore Avenue, and that he noticed streets are narrower south of Burlington because cars are parked along the street.

“The parked vehicles make the streets narrower,” he said, adding that northbound vehicles would have the right of way if there were cars parked on that side.

Miller suggested that since widening the streets would cost the city a lot of money, signage letting drivers know that northbound traffic had the right-of-way might be a cheaper option.

Miller said it might cost, “$100 per sign. I’m not sure.”

He said that he wanted to offer the suggestion and he welcomed people to comment or offer other suggestions.

Malloy thanked him for bringing it to council’s attention, and said he understood the “bottle neck” and the dance that could occur when there is traffic on both sides of the narrow streets.

Malloy asked Fairfield Police Chief David Thomas his opinion about the matter.

“Usually, it’s just honking horns,” Thomas said, adding that he didn’t see a lot of accidents because of the narrower streets, but that he did see more intersection accidents.

“I’m not sure everybody [would] understand the signs ... it is a little out of character thinking about who has the right of way when traffic is approaching,” Malloy said.

“Traffic isn’t always on the same side of the street,” said councilor Daryn Hamilton. “To say that traffic going north on that particular street would always have the right-of-way is kind of a misnomer.”

Hamilton said northbound traffic could have the right-of-way on one block but not another block. He said he’s worked in the traffic industry for years, and that he had never heard of a sign telling drivers who had the right-of-way unless it was for an uncontrolled intersection or a roundabout.

“We all have to be neighborly in navigating our neighborhoods in traffic,” Malloy said, commenting that the concentrated areas around the square represented the oldest parts of the city.

In other news, the city approved Drish Construction for the Adams Avenue reconstruction project for just over $108,000. Drish offered the lowest of four bids.

City Engineer Melanie Carlson said the low bid was below the engineer’s estimate of $135,000, and that she had spoken with Drish about extending the pavement another 70 feet on Adams Avenue.

“[Adams Avenue] is on the street five-year plan,” Carlson said, adding that by getting the budget down, the city would be able to add the 70 feet for $14,000.

Malloy thanked the three other companies that bid on the project. Councilor Katy Anderson asked Carlson if there was concern that the bid was so low.

Carlson said the bids had been tight, and that they were eager to get to work and stay in town because they had lost the last bid by $78.

“They are just wanting to stay in town, and we appreciate our local contractors,” Carlson said.

Malloy agreed with the decision to accept the bid.

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