New stop signs to be installed
New stop signs will be installed at some Orland intersections to provide additional safety to motorists and pedestrians.
The City Council on Monday approved putting in stop signs on Yolo Street at Woodward Avenue at the entrance to the Glenn County Fairgrounds.
This action was recommended by the city's Public Safety Commission and presented by police Chief J.C. Tolle.
Commissioners suggested the sign on Yolo Street because of heavy traffic in the area particularly during the Glenn County Fair in May and other events at the fairgrounds.
This would make a three-way stop there, Tolle said.
Public Works staff also is working with the fairgrounds staff to improve or replace the stop sign at the fairgrounds exit, City Manager Pete Carr said, because it is on fairground property.
Two wide white crosswalks also are to be put in on Yolo Street and Woodward Avenue to let motorists know they are there, city officials said.
"I have seen lots of horror stories there," Councilman Bruce Roundy said.
Councilman Dennis Hoffman agreed and noted he "has nightmares" trying to come out of the fairgrounds during events. He also said it would make it safer for school children to get to Fairview School.
The council also approved the recomendation to make Sixth and Tehama streets a four-way stop due to the high traffic collision rates at that location, Tolle said.
Council members opted to approve putting in a left turn lane on southbound Sixth Street onto eastbound Tehama Street rather than a stop sign.
Tolle said there is adequate street width to put the left turn lane along there.
Councilman Jim Paschall suggested additional stop signs may be needed along Tehama Street near the railroad tracks, but that is different from that location.
Additionally, the council gave the go ahead to put in a four-way stop at Marin and Chapman streets near C.K. Price Middle School.
Again, pedestrian safety and slowing down traffic was the reason for the move, officials said.
A two-way stop already exists there, Tolle said.
Tolle said C.K. Price Principal Steve Hiscock supports the stop signs and believes it will help the school zone.
The city also is to install a three-way stop on South Street at Marin Street to complete the list.
No time table was given for the sign installations.