<br />He suggested that a traffic count be made before the improvement is installed
<br />and that another count be made after the street is completed. If there is a
<br />substantial increase in traffic from outside the area, he would then recommend
<br />some kind of barricade which could be put up so that only emergency vehicles
<br />could enter the area at that point.
<br />who refused to sign the petition have as much right to prbtectibn Is any other
<br />residents of the Village.
<br />de-sac in the Village and that cul-de-sacs are now limited to 700 feet because
<br />of this very problem.
<br />walking in the street if additional traffic should result.
<br />said that after hearing arguments presented'by property owners, he would recom-
<br />mend that a gate be installedif the traffic count proposed by Mayor Bredesen
<br />indicates'a need. Councilman Johnson advised that he does not see why a gate
<br />is needed in this area any more than in any other area and that he believes
<br />that this would only set a precident in the Village. He further said that if
<br />this improvement is necessary to get emergency vehicles into the area, then the
<br />improvement should be authorized'inasnych as Council has an obligation for the
<br />safety of all-residents. Mrs.. P. F. Pierce, 4804 Sunnyssde Road, said that it
<br />is because of the extremely narrow road that traffic should be restricted and
<br />questioned how it can be determined if the cars involved in the traffic count are
<br />driven by an area resident or by people from other areas of the'metropolitan
<br />district. Mayor Bredesen replied that if there is an appreciable difference
<br />in the count, then someone would be stationed in the area to ask drivers the
<br />destinations of the vehicles. Following considerable'discussion, Councilman
<br />Shaw. I moved that the street be improved as proposed, with.the provision that,
<br />because of the eighteen foot street width, a traffic count be taken in accord-
<br />ance with Mayor Bredesen's suggestion, and if the traffic count of vehicles
<br />from outside the Sunnyside area proves to be substantially in excess of the
<br />traffic count taken before the improvement is constructed, that a gate be in-
<br />stalled at the corner of Maclcey Avenue and W. 44th Street. Mr. Pierce urged
<br />that the gate be installed before the road is opened and that a minimum im-
<br />provement, without curb and gutter be installed, Mayor Bredesen assured the
<br />group that results of traffic counts talcen,.first in April or May, and again in
<br />August or September after the improvement has been completed, would be reported
<br />back to a committee of neighbors.
<br />closing €he street be referred to the Attorney General.
<br />ensued, following which Councilman Shawls motion was seconded by Councilman
<br />Courtney and the roll being called, votes were cast as follows: Councilman
<br />Courtney, "aye"; Councilman Johnson, "nay", stating that he favors the street
<br />improvement as okginally proposed as being necessary for the protection of
<br />residents in the area, but that he opposes installation of the gate as being an
<br />unsound method of traffic control, of questionable legality, creating an unhealthy
<br />precident and because he does not believe the eighteen foot road to be a sound
<br />reason for installing the gate; Councilman Shaw, "aye"; Councilman VanValkenburg,
<br />"nay", stating that he favors the construction of the road as proposed but that
<br />he does not want to be in the position of assuring residents that the road
<br />will be closed if such action would be illegal.
<br />man Courtney's motion that a legal opinion be rendered by the Village Attorney
<br />as to blocking the road and that the matter be tabled for consideration to see
<br />if the promise ielied'in the motion can be kept, was then seconded by Council-
<br />man Shaw and carried.
<br />they will receive notices of a new hearing.
<br />Councilman Johnson noted that 'the six people
<br />Mr. Hyde said that this is really the longest cul-
<br />An unidentified lady mentioned the danger to children
<br />Councilmari Shaw
<br />Dr. Zahalka requested that the legality of
<br />Additional discussion
<br />The motion having lost, Council-
<br />Residents were advised that when the-opinion is received,
<br />PARNELL AVENUE STREET VACATION APPROVED. Affidavits of Notice were approved
<br />as presented by Clerk and ordered placed on file. Mr. Hoisington presented the
<br />request for vacation of a portion of Parnell Avenue lying north.of West 66th
<br />Street, advising that Normandale Addition, Kreiser Replat,had been approved and
<br />variances granted in reliance on the vacation of this portion of Parnbll Avenue.
<br />Councilman VanValkenburg thereupon offered the 'following resolution as recommended
<br />by the Staff and the Planning Commission .and moved its adoption: .I RESOLUTION VACATING A PORTION OF
<br />WHEREA'S, 'two weeks' published, posted and mailed notice of a hearing to be held
<br />on January 20, 1969, at 7:OO porn., on the proposed street vacation hereinafter
<br />described has been given and made and a hearing has been held thereon by the
<br />Village Council:
<br />NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Village Council of the Village of Edina,
<br />Hennepin County, Minnesota, that the following described portion of Parnell
<br />Avenue, all as platted and of record in the office of the Register of Deeds in
<br />and for Hennepin County, Minnesota, be and is hereby vacated effective February
<br />PARNELL AVENUE