Westmorland council to address Center Street

April 16, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — The City Council here is set to consider Wednesday a number of issues, including the safety of Center Street and the city's financial status.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 355 S. Center St.

Center Street, for the first time since the city dueled with the county over which was responsible for the street, is again a focus of concern.

This time concern over the safety of the street — a main artery for truck traffic through the county — has arisen in the wake of the death of a 7-year-old girl. She was struck by a tractor-trailer rig as she rode her bike on Center near her family's home.

During Wednesday's meeting there will be a discussion on the possibility of rerouting truck traffic and dealing with what is listed on the council agenda as lighting problems on the street.


In addition, the council will consider adding a stop sign at the intersection of South Center and Third Street to help crossing guards as they walk children across the busy intersection.

On the issue of the city's financial status, the council will hear a report from the city's consultant, Wayne Harvie, of the accounting firm Thomas, Trimm & Harvie in Brawley.

Harvie said this morning the city is facing a deficit, adding he would have specific information on that deficit for the council for Wednesday's meeting.

Harvie added the city has had a deficit for several years and it will take a number of years to bring down the deficit.

The council will consider implementing a transient occupancy tax ordinance as a way to increase revenue.

In other action, the council will consider creating a planning and building department, a move new Mayor Larry Ritchie said he is interested in pursuing to deal with building and safety issues.

The council will consider hiring a director for that position during Wednesday's meeting.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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