St. Cloud resurrects, tables Complete Streets measure talk

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Sep 27, 2011 at 11:19 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Complete Streets will get a completely second look in St. Cloud. St. Cloud city council decided Monday to once again take up the proposal at a later meeting after a short-handed council deadlocked 3-3 on passing the plan earlier this month. 

Council member Sonja Berg, who was not present at the Sept. 12 city council meeting, asked to once discuss whether St. Cloud should adopt the Complete Streets policy, which espouses safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users of local roadways, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. 

The plan also calls for those elements to be used in how cities develop their any new traffic projects.

Earlier this month, Council President John Libert as well as members Dave Masters and Jeff Johnson voted to approve Complete Streets, while fellow members George Hontos, Nancy Gohman and Jeff Goerger voting against it.

After strong community support offered by speakers at the Sept. 12 meeting, the dissenting councilmembers said they were concerned about the economic impact of the decision as well as whether the program's adoption was necessary.

After Berg asked for the proposal to be resurrected before the council, Hontos asked a vote on the measure be tabled until city staff could reassess the proposal. No final decision was made over when the Complete Streets plan my return to the city council agenda.


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