Skateboarders:â��Stay off sidewalks
Published: Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Skateboarders, the Custer City Council wants you...to stay off the sidewalks.
At the June 16 meeting of the Custer City Council, the council decided it’s time to get tougher on skateboarders in town who continue to skateboard on downtown sidewalks, despite the fact there is an ordinance that prohibits them from doing so.
Jim Understock of Frontier Photo was before the council asking the city to step up its enforcement of the ordinance, fearing that eventually one of his customers will be hit by a skateboarder racing down the sidewalk. He said he feels it is important to educate both the kids on the skateboards and their parents about the ordinance. He said bicycles can be a problem, as well.
“My concern is, can we get some type of support from the city,”â��he said. “Who is going to be responsible for that customer of mine who gets hit? It’s going to happen. It’s inevitable.”
Understock said whenever he sees a kid skateboarding in front of his business, he tries to stop them and let them know of the ordinance. He said some are ignorant of the ordinance, while others know, but don’t care. He said he can contact the Custer County Sheriff’s Department and file a formal complaint, but feels that is more reactive than proactive. He suggested putting up signage that tells kids of the ordinance. City attorney Chris Beesley said the city has to be careful with any signage it puts up since it shares the Mt. Rushmore Road right-of-way with the state.
Mayor Gary Lipp acknowledged skateboarders and bicycles on the sidewalks downtown is a growing problem.
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