Mosaic Place officials would like to see First Avenue Northwest from High Street to River Street closed at the end of major events.
During Monday’s council meeting, council voted to approve an amendment for the road closure requests of Mosaic Place with ticket sales of 1,000 or more in accordance with other city road closures. Further, council voted that all costs related to the “purchase, installation and removal of barricades and signs be borne by the applicant.” Council also authorized administration to manage future Mosaic Place road closures.
“I’ve been to a handful of hockey games myself and know what it’s like around there,” said Coun. Dawn Luhning, who moved the amendment so the applicant is responsible for the purchase of the barricades as well. “I don’t have a problem with this one at all.”
Mosaic Place found that patrons are walking in droves onto the street to go east and not using road intersections and designated crosswalks after each major event. In an engineering department report to council during the meeting on Monday, it cited that as a safety concern.
To solve the problem, administration barricaded First Avenue Northwest from High Street to the north side of River Street a few times during major events. A major event is defined as an attendance of more than 1,000 people, including all hockey games. Mosaic Place is requesting the closures be implemented for up to 45 minutes before the event and for up to 45 minutes after the event.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.