Road work key topic at meeting with mayor

MARYSVILLE – Traffic woes were a topic of interest at Mayor Jon Nehring’s Koffee Klatch Monday.

A resident asked if a four-way stop or speed bumps could be put in near the vicinity of 116th Street because of speeders.

“Police and fire do not like speed bumps,” Public Utility District director Kevin Nielsen said.

So, the city likes to try other “traffic calming devices,” such as narrowing lanes or traffic circles.

Assistant police chief Jeff Goldman said if they know who the speeders are, tell police, who will try to get voluntary compliance.

Another resident asked about the Chick-fil-A coming in on 88th.

The city said it’s not sure if that’s what’s really coming in or not.

Currently, the footprints of the two other businesses in the development are taking shape.

To help with traffic, a wider road is being put in with a right-turn only lane.

Nielsen said the 88th interchange and I-5 could change some to help with traffic flow. Also, people aren’t as intrigued by Chik-fil-A as they were when it first came to the state a few years ago.

“It’s not quite the havoc,” it was, Nielsen said.

Another resident was concerned about the recent church shooting in Texas. He wanted to know if there are any resources available locally to deal with that.

Goldman said Officer Stacey Dreyer is trained to go out to churches, etc., and give advice on what to do

He said it’s a great idea for churches to be proactive.

Dreyer can explain to churchgoers not only what to do if it happens, but also how to mitigate such a situation.

Nehring said the city is stepping up its effort in dealing with the homeless.

“We do have an issue, and we don’t want it to grow,” he said.

Nehring said he understands the homeless issue is related to mental illness and drugs.

So the city is planning, with Snohomish County, to have a social worker embedded with police.

So if someone wants help, they can get it. Arlington is going to do the same thing.

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