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More events at riverfront bring on traffic issues

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By Corey Woolsey

The expansion of park area at Water Street and the riverfront, combined with warmer temperatures, means more people taking advantage of the space.

Movies at the park are taking place, along with the Riverbend Market, which returns on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

The influx of people in the area has been the cause of some traffic concerns addressed by Mount Vernon Councilman Mark Pharr.

Pharr stated at the Mount Vernon council meeting last week that there is traffic congestion on Water Street near the park. He said that angle parking at The Landing also seemed to be causing an obstruction as well.

Pharr said that maybe what was done at the Legion, pushing parking back from the intersection would help solve the issue.

Mayor Bill Curtis said that the Area Plan Commission should have a number of parking spaces needed for The Landing.

Councilman Andy Hoehn asked if there had been accidents in the area. Police Captain Bryan Angel said he would agreed to bring any accident statistics back to the next meeting after a request by Curtis.

Pharr also said that cars were speeding through the area, and Street Commissioner Max Dieterle said he would get new signage in the area to try to slow them down.

Pharr said the speed limit through the area should be 20 mph, and the vehicles are exceeding that.

Curtis added that free wi-fi in the park area should be in place, password free, by Aug. 4.SITCO’s installer was off all this past week.

At the Mount Vernon Board of Works meeting, Curtis said that due to the street widening on Fourth Street, three street lights will need to be removed in the downtown area.

The lights will be removed free of charge, but to put them back up will cost the city $18,000. Curtis said that the Main Street Trail Project does add some lighting so they may not need to be replaced.