8/13/2014 9:46:00 PM Logue: 52/24 area could be a ghost town
by Ken Haggerty
Diane Logue, 31924 County 24 Blvd., owner of the horse farm property across from the Peterson turkey farm, addressed the Cannon Falls city council at its August 5 meeting.
Logue said she feels that the city is not being proactive in dealing with the State in discussions on the closing of the County 24 crossing at Hwy. 52. She asked that the council direct staff to be more assertive and proactive with MnDOT. Logue says the city should be fighting to leave the crossing open until the safety study on possible options for exits at the crossing is done. It's like asking for a stay of execution, said Logue.
She said the city could alternatively ask that MnDOT barricade the crossing, rather than tear everything up, and at least leave the right-offs only.
Logue said the fire and rescue safety for businesses and homes on the west side of Hwy. 52 is going to be severely impacted if the current plan goes through. If a semi-truck accident blocks one of the roundabouts on the west side, she says it is a very long way to get to the motel or the turkey farm.
The impact of the new road design, she fears, is that it is going to make it a ghost town as the existing tax-paying businesses in the area shut down.
The city administrator needs to be a pain in the side to MnDOT every day, fighting for some sort of compromise or relief, she said.
Council member LeRoy McCusker said the city should push to have the plans for a cul de sac in front of the Saratoga stopped. He said the right hand turn, exit only option should also be fought for.