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Supervisors Address Speed Limit Question

By Staff | Aug 4, 2011

A question about a speed limit on the southeast edge of Emmetsburg, was addressed by the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 26.

The issue came before the Supervisors in late June after a local resident came to the board and explained how he had been ticketed by law enforcement for a speeding violation while hauling grain to the POET plant on 25th Street, or 380th Street. As the road was posted, a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit existed from the intersection with Iowa Highway Four all the way east to the Emmetsburg corporate limits, but there was no signage indicating the ending point, so by law, drivers who exceeded the 25 mile-per-hour limit going east could be ticketed, but drivers coming past the AGP and POET plants could drive 45 miles-per-hour, as signs were posted for westbound traffic.

“This is something no one really realized until this situation came up,” Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz explained to the Supervisors. “I visited with City Administrator John Bird and Police Chief Eric Hanson and we all agreed that this needed to be updated and addressed.”

According to Fantz, it was decided after study that the 25 mile-per-hour limit would run from Highway Four easterly to the vicinity of the Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Service Center, and then would increase to 35 miles-per-hour to the vicinity of Ontario Street and then rise to 45 miles-per-hour to the corporate city limits when heading east. The speed limits would decrease for westbound traffic at the corresponding locations to make the limits uniform.

“The Emmetsburg City Council had the item on its’ agenda for it’s July 25 meeting, but since they establish speed limits by ordinance, they have a little different procedure to follow,” Fantz told the supervisors. “You may change it by resolution today if you choose.”

With that, Supervisor Jerry Hofstad moved to introduce and approve the resolution setting the new speed limits, and with a second from Supervisor Ed Noonan, all five supervisors cast “aye” votes in a roll call to adopt the new speed limits.