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Excessive stop signs continue to be hot topic in Lincoln Hills

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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Stop signs — whether they should be or not be -has become a burning question in Lincoln Hills. Many residents in the active adult community of approximately 11,000 are complaining to Lincoln City Council about what they call flagrant disregard of traffic laws. Cited violations include speeding and running stop signs on residential streets.

While many residents agree that stop signage lies at the root of the traffic problem, the question is, “Are there too many signs or not enough?”

“People just run stop signs like crazy out here. It’s horrible,” said Eva Bostrom, a Lincoln Hills resident. “Today, I was coming back from bowling and a person didn’t even stop at the stop sign.”

At the Jan. 22 City Council meeting, a dozen neighbors led by Lincoln Hills resident Loren Winckler of Mossy Ridge Court complained to the council that motorists use their two-block residential street as a shortcut to avoid excessive stop signage on major Lincoln Hills thoroughfares such as Del Webb and Sun City boulevards.

The residents asked City Council to consider removing stop signs and said that up to seven stop signs on the main thoroughfares cause motorists to cut through adjoining neighborhoods. Among the streets with side-tracked traffic are Monument Boulevard, Mossy Ridge Lane and Wildomar Lane.

After the City Council meeting, the city of Lincoln’s streets committee reviewed the problem and suggested a meeting take place with the Lincoln Hills Homeowner’s Association to discuss “potential steps moving forward with the HOA involvement.”

That involvement took another step, perhaps sideways rather than forward, at the homeowners’ association board meeting on Feb. 28.

“The board was concerned with the safety of our residents and said it would work with and cooperate in any way it could in assisting the city of Lincoln when they move forward,” said board President Kenneth Silverman.

In an Open Forum portion of the Feb. 28 homeowners’ association meeting, Lincoln Hills residents discussed the traffic issue. According to several residents, about 50 residents showed up at the meeting and about 12 spoke out concerning traffic issues in the community.

In summation, Silverman spoke for the board on the following points:

1.  The association is limited in taking the lead as the city owns the streets.

2. The homeowners’ association board will be involved, with other volunteers, in the (traffic) issue, “if or when the city of Lincoln decides to do something about it (the traffic issue).”

3. Silverman “planned to appoint a liaison to the city.”

4. The board will encourage the city of Lincoln to conduct a traffic study and more forward as soon as possible.

Lincoln Councilman Peter Gilbert, a streets committee member, said in an e-mail Tuesday to The News Messenger that “in terms of the stop signs, I'm not sure when they will be on the agenda for the streets committee to consider again.”

City staff, though, would like to address the issue.

“I have not heard from anybody since the (Lincoln Hills) HOA meeting,” said Mark Miller, Lincoln’s director of public services,” but I think it would be a good idea if they appoint a liaison and I’ll look forward to meeting that person.”