BLOOMINGTON Speeding and a high volume of traffic created by drivers using the 400 block of North Linden Street as a cut-through is a problem the Bloomington City Council needs to address, said one alderman.
Alderman Mike Sprague said traffic is a larger issue that needs the council's attention.
"We need to acknowledge that they have a problem," Sprague said. "We need to let them and the (Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee) continue to work on it and bring back something for us to consider."
Instead of voting to overrule the neighborhood and install speed humps or force the neighborhood to wait another year to address this issue, the council voted 6-2 to allow the neighborhood to continue to work with the traffic calming committee to come up with a solution. If the solution is agreeable to 51 percent of the neighborhood, then they can bring it to the council for consideration.
The residents on that area of Linden Street several times voted down installing speed humps that could slow traffic down. Over the summer, the traffic calming committee decided to try redirecting the traffic on Linden between Davis Avenue and Monroe Street. Public complaints about the redirection prompted the City Council to step in and reopen the street.
Unlike the previous votes that went only to the residents on that area of Linden Street, the council's action Monday opens discussion on the issue to residents who are in the area bounded by Washington, Locust and Colton streets and the Constitution Trail.
In other business, the council approved a $18.9 million tax levy for the coming fiscal year that will start May 1. The levy is a 4.48 percent increase over last year's $18.1 million. A majority of the increase comes from an extra $290,479 in the fire pension levy and a $307,989 in the police pension levy.
The levy must be filed by Dec. 27 for the coming tax year.