Minocqua Denies Blue Lake Road Speed Limit Decrease

17 Oct
45 mph Speed Limit Sign on Blue Lake Road

45 mph Speed Limit Sign on Blue Lake Road

Keep the cars running.  Fast.  On 10/07/08, the Town Board of Minocqua, Wisconsin revisited a proposal requesting the lowering of the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph on the easternmost stretch of Blue Lake Road (from approximately Agawak Road to Highway 51).  Despite

  • heavy motor vehicle traffic
  • youth camp traffic
  • bicycle traffic, especially via the Bearskin Trail crossing
  • a childcare facility
  • residences
  • a fatal car wreck
  • equestrian activity
  • and gravel pit / heavy machinery operations,

Town Supervisors Bryan Jennings, Mark Hartzheim and John Thompson voted to deny the speed limit decrease.  Widely reported by those in attendance, Bryan Jennings and Mark Hartzheim felt that a 35 mph speed limit was too slow on the straight stretch of road while John Thompson “didn’t care one way or the other.”  Town Chairman Joe Handrick and Town Supervisor Susan Heil favored lowering the speed limit to 35 mph but were overruled by the 3-2 vote.

Sources revealed that one of the reasons the proposal was revisited was because, unlike the former administration, current Police Chief Andy Gee supported the lowering of the speed limit.  The proposal was also supported by Public Works Director Butch Welch.

The author of this article holds the opinion that driving 45 miles per hour down Blue Lake Road, particularly at night, is blimey SCARY.  Additionally, the author of this article is particularly disappointed that Town Supervisor John Thompson, in his apathy, rode the status quo rather than increase safety on the Blue Lake Road corridor.

Children at Play Sign on Blue Lake Road

Children at Play Sign on Blue Lake Road

TIPS FOR CIVIC ACTION IN MINOCQUA TOWNSHIP

(for those many residents of the Blue Lake Metropolitan Area – BLMA – interested in re-drafting a speed limit decrease petition)

The Minocqua Town Board hears pretty much every petition submitted by the public to the Minocqua Town Clerk.  Petitions are generally added to the agenda of the next following town board meeting.   Town board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  (For example, if, during month X, board meetings are scheduled for day 5 and day 19 and a petition is submitted on day 1, it will generally be heard on day 5 of that same month.  If a petition is submitted on day 10, it will generally be heard on day 19 of that same month.)

It is prudent for interested parties to bring as many supporters as possible (either in writing, in person or both) to the board meeting in which their petition will be heard.  Suggestions are as follows:

  • attain written support via signatures on said petition from BLMA residents and frequent travelers, including Bearskin Trail users
  • determine when the greatest population of BLMA residents, et al. will be in the area
  • coordinate the filing / hearing of the petition with that date
  • inform BLMA residents, et al. at which meeting the petition will be heard
  • encourage BLMA residents, et al. to:
  1. contact members of the town board of supervisors to communicate their human interest and empirical perspectives
  2. attend the town board meeting
  3. present human interest and empirical perspectives during the board meeting’s public forum segment

GOOD LUCK!

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  1. Safety and Blue Lake Road « Blue Lake Free Press - May 15, 2009

    […] Public Works Department’s efforts to promote safety on Blue Lake Road are commendable, the unwillingness that some elected representatives on the Minocqua Board of Supervisors have displa….  Last October, Town Supervisors Bryan Jennings, Mark Hartzheim and John Thompson shot down an […]

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