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Traffic study shows stop sign unwarranted
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Gainesville City Council unanimously approved Thursday morning at a special called meeting a $551,000 contract with OneBeacon Government Risks for property and liability insurance coverage.

The insurance coverage includes the operation of the Gainesville Connection public transit service.

BB&T Insurance Services canvassed for bids on behalf of the city and recommended OneBeacon.

Two other firms submitted bids.

Trident Insurance quoted a price for coverage at $603,000, while Travelers Public Sector offered coverage for $811,000.

The contract is good for one year, ending on July 1, 2015.

OneBeacon has guaranteed it will not raise rates more than 3 percent annually over three years if the city agrees to renew the contract.

Gainesville officials have conducted a traffic study to determine if an all-way stop sign is needed at the intersection of Club and East Lake drives near the Chattahoochee Country Club.

But residents who have lodged complaints about the dangers of the intersection may not be pleased with the results.

Chris Rotalsky, assistant director of Public Works, told City Council members Thursday that, based on speed counts, volume checks and accident history reports, no stop sign is warranted at this time.

City officials, however, said they remained concerned despite the results.

“I’d like to go ahead and see a four-way stop there because of the schools,” said Mayor Danny Dunagan, adding that sight distance is limited in the area, compounding the problem.

While it’s possible the council could approve a resolution calling for a stop sign at the intersection, Rotalsky said there could be other measures to take to slow traffic, such as speed bumps or tables.

“They’re very effective in slowing down traffic,” Councilman George Wangemann said.

Council members asked Rotalsky to re-evaluate the intersection when school starts back and plan to have local police step up traffic enforcement patrols in the area.

Rotalsky said Public Works is also reviewing a request to build a new sidewalk along Dawsonville Highway near the Little-Davenport Funeral Home. Possible measures to reduce speed along Riverside Drive are also being explored.