Residents of Rush Lake Trail and County Road 1 filed a petition to Chisago County Oct. 22 to reduce the existing speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph.

“They did send a letter to us to let us know, but they also sent it to our County Commissioner Mike Robinson,” Rush City Administrator Amy Mell said during the Oct. 28 Rush City Council meeting. “It’s a county road, so they have the control.”

According to the petition, many of the homeowners want the speed limit reduced in this area because those who deal with the traffic each and every day on the road experience the speeding and recklessness close to their front door. The distance from front doors to the roadway are as close as 50 feet. This is too close for comfort and the homeowners along Rush Lake Trail find it unacceptable.

Residents state in the petition that speeding vehicles are out of control. Animals have been hit and residents can’t walk safely along or across the street due to the high level of speeding traffic. Also, multiple mailboxes and roadside trees have been destroyed. Many vehicles have run off the road at a high rate of speed due the lack of visibility around the curves. Residents said they call it in when they witness this, but 911 says there is nothing they can do.

According to the petition, the residents feel there are two areas of concern that warrant the speed to be reduced on Rush Lake Trail and County Road 1. One is the road alignment and the other is the residents themselves.

Road concerns in the petition:

• There are curves on the roads that inhibit a drivers or a pedestrian’s full vision of oncoming cars, which cause blind spots.

• It is a passing zone through the residential area.

• There are no sidewalks, so the foot traffic has to walk along the street.

• There are no shoulders to use when entering or exiting driveways.

• The distance from residents’ front doors to the road are dangerously close.

• Mailboxes are across the street from homes, causing residents to cross traffic.

• This is an access point to and from I-35 northbound to the east and west Rush Lake boat launch and most vehicles are speeding.

Concerns with the residents include some are handicapped, hearing impaired, elderly, retirees and children.

The petition ends by stating: “This is a serious issue for the residents. For this petition to be valid, it must contain the signatures of 80% of the property owners from the starting point to the ending point. Please find enclosed 87% of resident’s signatures.”

Safe Routes to School Planning

Grant update

Mell gave the City Council an update of the Safe Routes to School Planning Grant and said they have done a lot of work within the last couple of weeks.

“We have 15 or 17 people on our planning team, including two council members. We have set a date for the workshop, which is Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school.”

Mell said they are going to do a community engagement portion at parent-teacher conferences on Monday, Nov. 25.

“One of our planning people is coming up and a couple of members of our team will be there to talk to parents as they go through conferences to let them know what we’re working on,” Mell said.

In late September and early October, students were asked how they got to school for three days, according to Mell.

“Did they walk? Did they bike? Did they get dropped off? Did they take the bus? That kind of information was asked,” Mell said. “We’ve also gone to the schools and watched arrival and dismissal. We’ll do that again on the workshop day with the entire team.”

Mell said they are also going to conduct a survey online for parents of both elementary and high school students.

Public hearing for ordinance amendment

for park hours

The Rush City Council voted unanimously to set a public hearing for Tuesday, Nov. 12, during the Rush City Council meeting to amend the ordinance regarding park hours.

“Right now, no one is allowed at the park between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” Mell said. “That ordinance is quite old. To make any changes to that we need to have a public hearing. We’re looking to get a sign up with the park hours and get public input on the hours.”

Upcoming events

Next Rush City Council meeting: Rescheduled to Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. due to Veterans Day.

Rush City High School theatrical performances, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

Rush City Chamber of Commerce Wine Tasting at Flickabirds, Nov. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Turkey Bingo: The Spare Room at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Rush City Aquatic Center.

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