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Keokuk Halts Stop Sign Additions

Keokuk, IA – New stop signs will not be going up near the Kiddieland playground in Keokuk's Rand Park. The city council voted down a measure that would have created a 3-way stop at the intersection of 16th and Orleans. Mayor Dave Gudgel says numerous phone calls came in to city leaders opposing the signs in that location. Police Chief Tom Crew says the stop signs would have posed a safety risk during icy conditions and impact emergency routes. The city may put up children at play signs in the area. The council's action inadvertantly put a halt to an effort to remove several stop signs from 14th and 15th streets, at their intersections with Blondeau. Gudgel says the signs were put in years ago to control traffic at the old middle school.

In other action, the city council approved the appointment of Pam Broomhall as the new community development director. Aldermen also approved the first reading of an ordinance to change the rank of assistant chief to that of administrative captain.