Committee concerned by food-distribution traffi c on Hwy. 13

The traffic resulting from a popular monthly food distribution at a Richmond church has prompted city officials to discuss possible rerouting or new locations.
When the City Council Public Safety Committee met Tuesday, members agreed to invite Lighthouse Baptist Church Pastor Nelson Holmes to attend the committee’s next meeting. It takes place April 12. The public safety can make recommendations to the full city council, but doesn’t have the authority to act on its own. “If we agree on something tonight, then we need to have the minister here to be part of this,” said Bob Bond, the councilman who chairs the committee. “I couldn’t believe the number of cars there Saturday.” Bond referred to the church’s most recent distribution of Harvester’s food on Saturday, March 12. According to figures cited in a memo from City Administrator Ron Brohammer to Bond, Interim Police Chief Chad Burnine and City Clerk Tonya Willim, the most recent Lighthouse distribution served around 164 families and 500 people who lined up in an estimated 100 vehicles or more. The congestion on city streets, as well as a blocked lane on Spartan Drive (Missouri 13), was magnifi ed March 12 by the late arrival of the Harvester’s truck, Brohammer and Burnine said. “The problem is, of course, cars parking in an open highway lane on Highway 13,” Brohammer said in his memo. “There is virtually no shoulder there, so cars actually stop in an active traffic lane of the state highway.”Burnine told members of the committee that cars began arriving at 8 a.m., and by 9:30 were backed onto 13. The Harvester’s truck didn’t arrive until around 12:45, Brohammer said, which resulted in a southbound lane of 13 being blocked from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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