Superior’s City Council made changes to a pair of ordinances that affect users of Wisconsin Point and the Osaugie and Tri-County Corridor trails in the city.
Wisconsin Point users will no longer be permitted to park outside of designated parking areas, and trail users operating motorized vehicles between Moccasin Mike Road and 31st Avenue East can't exceed 10 mph.
Superior’s Public Safety Committee recommended the reduced speed to match what the state of Wisconsin requires when all-terrain and utility-task vehicles and motorbikes encounter people and residential properties.
The committee had considered a 15 mph speed limit on the trails through the Itasca and Allouez neighborhoods, but recommended the lower limit for consistency because more than 70 residences along the trail are within 150 of the trail.
With the number of parking areas on Wisconsin Point being reduced as part of the dune restoration project, people started parking along the road, prompting city officials to place temporary no parking signs. Rather than install permanent signs, the Public Works Committee recommended changes to the Wisconsin Point ordinance that would restrict parking to designated areas.
The dune restoration project is eliminating 15-16 small parking areas, but overall, about 177 spots will be available for parking along Wisconsin Point in the remaining parking areas.
In other business, the Council:
- Declared fiber optic cable for ultra-high-speed internet as critical infrastructure for the city, as important as electricity, water and sewer.
- Created a city grant program for small business development and expansion.
- Authorized Public Works Director Todd Janigo to apply for a loan through the Wisconsin Environmental Improvement Fund to pay for almost $1.9 million in improvements planned for the combined sewer treatment plant in South Superior. The project is slated for 2020. A portion of the loan, if approved, is forgiven, which could save the city about $560,000 on the project.