Traffic light tweaks studied
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Council hear winning Boys & Girls Clubs speeches
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS Youth of the Year Clifton Bidwell delivers his speech to the Cleveland City Council and others in attendance at Monday’s meeting. Bidwell will be representing local clubs at the state Youth of the Year contest. Banner photos, JOYANNA LOVE
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Timing changes and flashing yellow lights were proposed changes for the 25th Street Corridor presented to the Cleveland City Council during a presentation Monday.

The group was hired to do a traffic light evaluation and timing study on the section of 25th Street from Candies Lane to Spring Creek Boulevard.

Allen Childers of Cannon and Cannon said phasing changes had been suggested and some were already in place. Childers said there were no complaints after the changes were made.

The changes include tweaking which lanes were given a green light first. Childers said the leading and lagging of the lights was modified to “help traffic flow better.”

He said 11 intersections were made more uniform and timing plans for how and when the lights should change were developed.

Childers referred to 25th Street as the “most important east-west corridor in Bradley County.”

“The facility could benefit greatly from traffic signal operation modifications with phasing and timing,” Childers said

Childers said the measures would save city residents money and time in reduced wait time for drivers, and reduce emissions from cars waiting at red lights.

“Also when you have better traffic flow, you are probably going to have fewer crashes,” Childers said.

Flashing yellow lights, which would appear above a green arrow in a left turn lane light, were proposed for the 25th Street and Peerless Road intersection as well as the intersection of 25th and Ocoee streets.

Childers said minor issues still remain with part of the corridor and might need to be addressed in the future. Areas listed as potentially needing intersection improvements in the future include Georgetown Road at Candies Lane, the 25th Street and Peerless Road intersection as well as the intersection of 25th and Ocoee streets.

Also during the meeting:

- The City Council authorized city attorney John Kimball to “institute eminent domain proceedings” for needed easements for a Cleveland Utilities water line project near property of Keasler Land Holdings, LLC and the property of Jerry W. and Connie Presley. The easements are needed for a 20-inch water pipe.

According to the resolution, “Keasler Land Holdings, LLC through Mr. Karl Keasler has indicated that Cleveland Utilities will not be able to obtain the easement except through eminent domain.”

The project is a Water Transmission Main from Benton Pike and APD40 to Tasso Lane N.E.

The issue will be decided be a judge. The city is still required to pay for the property if the eminent domain proceedings are successful in securing the land.

One of the pieces of land has been assessed for a value of $103.

- Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year winner Clifton Bidwell and runners-up Embry Barks and Chloey Tatum spoke to the Cleveland City Council during a work session Monday.

Bidwell will be representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bradley and Polk counties at the state level competition.

Each presented their speech on how the attending the Boys & Girls Club had helped them through difficult times.

“Growing up, for me, has been a constant struggle. I know what it’s like to have no money, to live in motels and at times worry if food is going to be on the table,” Bidwell said.

Before attending the Boys & Girls Clubs, Bidwell described himself as “just a poor kid from the projects” destined to be another statistic.

Bidwell started going to the club at the age of 6.

“There, I experienced a group of individuals who actually believed in me,” Bidwell said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs became his safe haven.

Now, he has a different view of life — that he can be successful.

The Cleveland High School student plans to attend Lee University after graduation.

- A letter from Dixie Day Spay in response to the city’s request for information on where the animals the group had pulled from the Cleveland Animal shelter were taken was discussed.

Cleveland City Manager Janice Casteel said the organization is asking for a “certified check for $31,099.90 and it will take them 16 weeks to get that information on where the animals are.”

The Council did not make any votes on this issue.