By Ashley Rader
City Manager Jerome Kitchens asked downtown business owners to decide where they want to go with traffic flow before the city maps out a plan.
Downtown Business Association members focused on concerns about speeding and pedestrian safety at last month’s meeting, and returned to the topic at their Thursday meeting.
Options discussed last month were wide-ranging: speed bumps, rumble strips, signs, increased police presence and changing the traffic flow on East Elk Avenue to be a two-lane one-way street instead of the current three lanes.
Kitchens told members Thursday he needed input from the DBA about what the majority of business owners wanted to see happen in downtown.
“When you know what you want, we will work with city council and try to make a budget,” Kitchens said. “We don’t have a lot of money for this so that is why we need a consensus. We need more prep work on the front end, so you won’t come back a month later and say this is a big mistake and want it to be redone.”