Two separate neighbors will soon have speed bumps installed along roadways following motions made this past Tuesday by Grayson City Council.

The first motion was passed when Griffith Avenue resident Roger Whitehead visited the council with a petition containing 14 names.

“The folks in our neighborhood would like to get this done,” Whitehead said. “I first thought I was old and just thought everyone was driving too fast, but when people in the 30s start complaining about the speeding, then it must be happening.”

Mayor George Steele spoke up and asked if anyone thought residents in the Eastwood edition would protest to the speed bumps. City Attorney Gary Conn spoke up and said he believe they would be “pleased.”

Taylor Duncan, flood plain coordinator, said the city might consider installing a new type of speed bump constructed from vinyl. “They bolt down and are yellow in color,” he told the council. “Using those does take care of future maintenance that is sometimes needed with the asphalt ones, such as painting. They run about $65 each.”

Duncan said the vinyl pieces are five feet long and two would be needed to go across each section of a roadway. “They do come in different heights with some a little less aggressive than others,” he added. “This is just an option I wanted to mention to the council. We do use them in Olive Hill now and they work really well.”

The mayor then asked if installing the speed bumps would be in compliance with an earlier ordinance passed by the council on the same matter. “If you have any objections from residents in the area, they can be removed,” Conn added.

Councilmember Pearl Crum was sure about the idea meeting the prior ordinance and had concerns about residential complaints and potential damage to vehicles caused by the speed bumps.

The council approved the idea and passed the motion to have speed bumps installed in each end of Griffith Avenue.

The vote was 4 to 1 with Crum standing opposed.

Mayor Steele then spoke up and asked the council to revisit the idea of having speed bumps installed along McDavid Boulevard, the street that leads to the Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

“I sent someone out there to do a study on that street and every car that passes is speeding,” Steele told the council. “I did research myself and went to Kings Daughter’s Medical Center and every ambulance and to into the emergency facility has to drive over speed bumps. I they see a need for them, then we should also.”

Crum spoke up with concerns about ambulances that enter the nursing home. “What about those who ride in the ambulance and having to travel over speed bumps. I just don’t think they should be put there.”

Steele said the residents along McDavid Boulevard had “begged” him control the speeding traffic. “We just don’t have the manpower to put a police officer out there everyday,” he advised the council. “I also was concerned about the ambulances getting out but I talked with them and they said they would deal with it. I bumpy ride is better than possibly getting killed due to someone speeding.”

Steele urged the council to reverse this past summer’s position on not installing speed bumps near the nursing home. “I’m not trying to go against this council,” he told them. “I just think we need to follow what we just did for Griffith Avenue.”

Crum said the council must follow an earlier ordinance against the speed bumps along McDavid Boulevard, due to the clients living at the nursing home. “If we don’t consider them as permanent residents there and by law they are not,” Steele told Crum and the other council members. “For example, when a person passes away at the nursing home, their address is not McDavid Boulevard it’s where they resided before being placed in the nursing home.”

Crum once again opposed the idea of speed bumps being installed. The council voted 4 to 1. Steele gave the fourth vote to make it unanimous.

This Week's Circulars

Recommended for you