Answers: Questions about Women's City Club, Prairie Farms and speed limits

Posted: Mar. 8, 2013 5:24 pm Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 2:34 pm
Repair of the porch at the Women’s City Club is on a list of projects for the Quincy Park District, but officials say it probably won’t be fixed this year. (H-W Photo)

Who is responsible for taking care of the porch at the Women's City Club? The building is so pretty from a distance, but it looks in disrepair up close.

The Women's City Club, located on four acres at 15th and Maine in Quincy, meets in the Lorenzo Bull House, an Italianate structure dating from the 1850s. Approximately 250 members belong to the Women's City Club, and they are responsible for the upkeep of the inside of the home. The Quincy Park District is responsible for the upkeep of the home's exterior and the grounds. The south entrance of the home is the part of the house where the porch is damaged.

"It's on a list of projects to be done, but it's not scheduled to be done this year," Ed Seger, executive director of the Quincy Park District, said.

"What we'd like to do eventually is replace the porch. We can continue to do patching and small repairs, but it seems like we always keep doing that.

"We keep re-evaluating our projects each year, and the budget is looked at each year. We never know what kind of things are going to happen from year to year that we have to take care of, but this is on our radar."

Shirley Kuhlman, resident manager of the Women's City Club for 35 years, says the house is used for activities all the time.

"We have women come in for lunch and to play cards on Wednesdays, and we have bridge lessons, weddings and parties," she said. "It's a beautiful home, but when the wind blows, it just blows the paint right off the porch."


I would like to know how Prairie Farms at 24th and Broadway can get away with blocking traffic. Trucks frequently are blocking traffic on 24th Street, and it always seems to be at the busiest times. They also will block traffic on Broadway when pulling into the lot with the big semis. That is a busy intersection. I don't think they should be allowed to block traffic.

Dave Miller, plant manager at the Prairie Farms facility at 24th and Broadway, says an average of five trucks per day will drop off milk. Traffic can be stopped momentarily along one of two state routes -- Illinois 104 (Broadway) and Illinois 96 (24th Street).

"That milk is coming in from local farmers," he said. "They're in the turn lane, and we try to have them pull up farther from the stop sign (heading north on 24th Street). When they do enter the building, we do have to stop traffic. Depending on how much traffic, we try to get them in and out in a minute.

"We try to work with everybody as well as we can."

"People have to load and unload their product," city engineer Jeff Steinkamp said. "That's just part and parcel of them doing business."


The posted speed limit on North 24th Street between Wismann Lane and Koch's Lane is different for northbound and southbound traffic. The northbound lane has a 30 mph speed limit sign posted just past the car wash at 24th and Wismann Lane. The southbound lane has a 35 mph speed limit sign posted at 24th and Koch Lane. What is the speed limit?

Steinkamp says that the person asking the question is correct.

"Since 24th Street in this section is a state highway (Illinois 96), and the Illinois Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over this signage, I will contact IDOT to let them know of this situation," he said.


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