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Prescott Common Council briefs: Speed limit changes, assessor's plat, moving fairy garden park

Blue lines highlight changes wanted by the Prescott Common Council to be lowered to 35 miles per hour. Lines in pink highlight 25 miles per hour. The council will be working with the Department of Transportation to implement these proposed changes. Submitted map

Speed limit changes and the addition of crosswalks were approved by the Prescott Common Council at a March 11 meeting.

The council will be working with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to address these wanted changes.

In accordance with the Wisconsin State Statutes, municipalities may determine city speed limits.

Lower speed limits would be set along Highway 10/29/35 in response to concerns, especially with new drivers coming in and out of the high school, City Administrator Jayne Brand said at the meeting.

Brand outlined the proposed changes in an email:

"The 35 miles per hour would be on Highway 10 from the eastern city limits to the traffic bridge on Highway 10 and on Highway 29 to the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 10/29 and Campbell Street. The 25 miles per hour would be from the traffic bridge on Highway 10 to the eastern city limits on Highway 35."

The city also wants to put in crosswalks at traffic lights to make a safer, unified place for pedestrians crossing near UNFI and the high school. Crosswalks would be implemented at traffic lights on Highway 10, Eagle Ridge Drive and North Acres Road. Traffic lights would be upgraded to add pedestrian buttons, as was discussed in a Feb. 25 health and safety committee meeting.

The council will notify the DOT to implement these crosswalks in future plans.

"If the city can find funding for the crosswalks I'm pretty sure they will allow them and work with the city on getting them in," Brand said in a recent email.

Assessor plat for downtown and waterfront area

The parks and public property committee recommended an assessor plat be completed for the area between the Eagle Point Condominiums and the St. Croix River Bridge to clean up property titles. Prescott Common Council unanimously approved the recommendation at the March 11 meeting, but will still be waiting to hear back from the railroad which owns a portion of the area.

As Cedar Corporation was working on the Riverwalk plan, it was discovered that parcels in the area do not align with the installed public and private infrastructure. Misaligned roads, parcels and driveways will be cleaned up.

"The purpose of the plat is to figure out if we have infrastructure on railroad property and see if the railroad has property on public land," Brand said in an email. "Once this is figured out the plat defines what is actually out there and we will make adjustments to land accordingly.

The railroad owns a portion of the land which will be assessed, but it is unclear what they own. They have 30 to 60 days to respond to the assessor's plat.

Fairy Wonderland Park plans moved from Ptacek's

In the original plans, the new Fairy Wonderland Park to be built in remembrance of three children from the area was going to be located near Ptacek's grocery store. After communication between the Parks and Public Property Committee and the non-profit organization Healing Play in charge of the project led by area mothers and residents, the park plans have been moved to St. Croix Bluffs.

The fairy park plans have grown too large to be built near Ptacek's and the common council approved the recommendation to move it at the March 11 meeting. Details are still needed before plans are concrete.

The estimated $1 million project will be completed in phases made up of three pods. Fundraising for the project is underway and maintenance will be handled mostly by the organization's members.

Other business

• Brand said she will be informing the public to clear storm drains of snow to make way for upcoming flooding. Sandbags are available to be packed and used at residences, but there is not enough manpower from the city to put them all together.

• She added with rain in the forecast, residents should be aware that the frost will be pushed deeper into the ground from the precipitation. People should run their faucets at a pencil width to prevent freezing.

Rachel Helgeson

Rachel Helgeson

(651) 301-7864