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No. Street lighting is a function of Stillwater Electric.
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Stillwater has more than 450 lane miles of streets, 136 miles of sidewalks, 8 miles of developed trails, 5 miles of nature trails, 30 miles of road/bike facilities, 27 miles of mountain bike trails, 28 bridges and 66 signalized intersections.
The City funds streets through various sources, including a half-cent sales tax, state gasoline tax, general fund, and development transportation fees. The General Fund is the primary operating fund of the City and includes revenues from sales tax, licenses and permits, fines, and fees. The City Capital Fund is for capital expenditures, while the Transportation Fee Fund is for transportation fee revenues and expenditures related to enhancing the City's transportation system. The Transportation Improvement Fund budgets and accounts for street improvements or debt payments funded by the related half-penny sales tax.
Our City has established several transportation plans aimed at efficiently allocating our funds and prioritizing our spending. These plans include the Pavement Management Program, the Capital Improvement Plan, and the Stillwater Transportation Enhancement Plan (STEP).
Yes, the streets are part of our stormwater drainage system. Our drainage regulations limit the amount of water allowed to be carried in the street and the depth of the water based upon the classification of the street.
Local streets are allowed to have more depth than collector or arterial streets. Regardless of the classification, the depth of the street is limited to allow at least one direction of passage without danger of being swept from the road. Some of our older streets were installed before the current drainage regulations.
Streets in the flood plains are also sometimes exempted based upon the frequency of the flooding and the cost. These are usually along Stillwater Creek. One other exception is Western Road (north of Hall of Fame Avenue and south of McElroy Avenue). This area is part of a flood-control structure that protects residential properties downstream of Hall of Fame Ave. to 12th Avenue.