Input needed on Bayfield marijuana sales, roundabout

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 11:39 AM

When you're looking for something to do on a weeknight, I know, jumping up and going to a public meeting might not be at the top of the list.

But sometimes, showing up is how things get done.

We have a big one coming up Tuesday, regarding marijuana sales in Bayfield.

Should the town board lift its ban on sales here? Honestly, we could use the sales tax such sales would provide.

But along with increased tax revenue, do we want to send our kids the message that pot use is OK? Will our homeless population increase?

There are a lot of questions our town trustees will have to ask and deal with, and I wish them the best of luck as they debate this thorny issue.

The next one is an opportunity to look at the plans and ask questions for Bayfield's newest roundabout, to be built near Bayfield Middle School.

Nearby Bayfield Intermediate School is set to open in August, increasing traffic in this already-busy intersection.

I know a lot of folks don't like our roundabout on County Road 501 and Bayfield Center Drive, but I've asked the marshal's office staff, and they've told me there are hardly any crashes there, particularly considering how much traffic flows through.

Roundabouts prevent left turns into traffic, which is where a lot of collisions and T-bones occur.

I decided to do some extensive research on the topic, which consisted of a Google search.

"Most significantly, roundabouts reduce the types of crashes where people are seriously hurt or killed by 78-82 percent when compared to conventional stop-controlled and signalized intersections," according to a page from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Wikipedia said with fewer stops and idling, roundabouts can be better for the environment than regular intersections.

So love them or hate them, we're probably going to have another one in Bayfield.

You can give your two cents, or ask questions, at a workshop hosted by the Bayfield School Board and Town of Bayfield, on Thursday, Feb. 8.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there! As always, if you have an opinion, I'm also happy to run it as a letter to the editor, as well.

Thanks for reading.