County moves to allow petitions for speed humps

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Public comments on plans to allow petitions for speed humps in Warren County are expected in October.

Supervisors will set a hearing date when they meet Monday. Oct. 19 is the likeliest day, Board President Richard George said.

Supervisors have reviewed a draft by county engineers that would allow a resident to apply for “traffic-calming measures.” If criteria are met, at least 80 percent of residents in the area must also sign a county-drafted petition within 60 days for devices to be built, according to the draft. A provision of the draft also allows an equal percentage of residents to petition to remove the devices if they have been in service for a year.

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Available funds will dictate which types of devices are installed, though raised speed humps have been mentioned because of low costs.

Details to be ironed out before a policy is adopted officially involve eligibility of votes in the petitioning process, specifically whether individual votes or one vote at each household will count toward an agreed-upon percentage. Also expected in the final draft is whether votes from rental property will be counted from tenants or from property owners.

Letters from constituents prompted the move to set a policy. Those residents live across the county, but the most vocal proposals have come from neighborhoods off Oak Ridge Road in the north and Fisher Ferry in the south.

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