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CLEAR LAKE — Drivers in Clear Lake will notice changes in the next few days as new stop signs are installed on North Shore Drive at the intersection with Buddy Holly Place.

The City Council voted Monday night to make it a three-way stop. Previously, traffic on Buddy Holly had to stop before turning east or west onto North Shore Drive. But there were no stop signs at the intersection on North Shore Drive. Now drivers will have to stop on North Shore as well.

The signs could be installed as early as today, according to City Administrator Scott Flory.

Flory and Police Chief Greg Peterson said the change will help with safety at the intersection.

“We’ve talked about this several times,” Peterson said. “This will cure the problem we have with visibility.”

The signs will be oversized at 36 inches to help drivers adjust to the change. Flags will also be attached to the signs to draw a driver’s attention.

The council approved the ordinance on the first reading, waived the second reading and approved the third and final reading.

In other action, the council set Jan. 21 as the date for a public hearing concerning the demolition of the Main Avenue water tower.

The 500,000-gallon multi-legged water tower was built in 1949. It has not been used by the city since March.

The bid-letting is scheduled for Jan. 17. Construction is expected to begin around Feb. 8.

The estimated cost of the project is $64,500.


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