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Roads and recreation top city board agenda

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With the official start of summer just a few weeks away, biking and swimming were top items on the agenda at the Cleveland Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

City Engineer Josh McPherson updated the board on current projects including the bike lane striping.

Signs are going up to replace the bike lane stripes to promote safety and awareness for both motorists and cyclists.

“The first striping always wear away quicker,” said McPherson."

Cycling has become very popular and installing signage is important because it helps to create an environment of awareness for cyclists. We see a lot of college students, children, young adults and even senior citizens cycling. Providing safe routes for cyclists is important because it is a continuation of the quality of place improvements taking place in Cleveland," said Judson Thigpen, director of the chamber, in a previous press release.

Mississippi law considers bicycles to be vehicles.

A person riding a bicycle has all of the rights and duties of the driver of a vehicle, except as otherwise provided in Article 27 of the Traffic Regulations and Rules of the Road in the Mississippi Code.

Mississippi law requires that while passing a bicyclist on a roadway, a motorist shall leave a safe distance of at least 3 feet between the vehicle and the bicyclist until safely past the bicycle.

In addition, a motor vehicle operator may pass a bicycle traveling in the same direction in a non-passing zone with the duty to execute the pass only when it is safe to do so.

The city also approved the purchase of a new truck for patching potholes.

"I think we really need this truck because we have been fixing a lot of potholes with cold mix. When the ground temperature changes, the cold mix just does not hold up as well," said Cleveland Public Works Director Ray Bell.

The new truck will allow the public works department to create patches that are both more flush with the current road and longer lasting.

The board will be purchasing the truck form Madison County.

City Attorney Jamie Jacks updated the board on the ongoing staffing at the Eastside Pool.

The board also approved the use of the pool for children's swim lessons during the month of July.

Lessons will be held from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. before the pool opens for normal public use.

According to the CDC, drowning is a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

The board also heard a proposal to update the parking spaces in the downtown area.

Some spaces are currently too small and the update would ensure that all spaces are in compliance.

The board asked for a quote to more fully consider the project.

Consent agenda and other general business items were also approved.

The next city board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 2 instead of the usual Tuesday evening meeting to account for the Independence Day holiday.

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