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City Considers Removing Stop Signs

(Le Mars) -- The topic of stop signs, and the possible removal of some stop signs was again discussed at the Le Mars City Council meeting on Tuesday.  The Le Mars city council has asked city officials to identify potential stop signs within the city limits that could possibly be eliminated. 
The city has identified a total of 23 intersections where they believe stop signs could be removed.  City councilman Rex Knapp has advocated the action of removing identified stop signs for a number of years, and explains his reasons.

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Many people wonder about the safety of the intersections if the stop signs were to be removed.  Knapp says he wants to know if the traffic signs are absolutely necessary.

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Le Mars Police Chief Stuart Dekkenga spoke before the council members and says there is a
reason for each stop sign.

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The police chief says he can see only one stop sign that could be removed and not pose a safety risk.

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The council decided to allow the city's Public Safety Committee evaluate the proposal and
gather public comments and to report back to the city council with its recommendations.


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