REDINGTON SHORES – Last month, the town commission rejected speed tables as a means to control speeding motorists on busy 175th Avenue East. Complaints about drivers exceeding the 20 mph speed limit on the roadway have been common. But many residents have also rejected speed tables as unsightly, noisy, no fun to drive over, and ineffective.
Residents protesting a planned use of speed tables on 175th Avenue packed town hall at the April commission meeting. The commission agreed to table their use for three months while other speed control options were tried.
A multi-pronged approach to reduce speeding on the road was presented by Commissioner Jeff Neal at the May 10 commission meeting.
A three-way stop has been installed at 175th Avenue and 175th Terrace. That is already “working very well,” Neal said. Also, 175th Avenue has been painted with the 20 mph speed limit and a warning notice of the stop sign ahead, to induce motorists to slow down.
The county is installing traffic readers on 175th Avenue for one week, Neal said, “so we’ll really know where we’re at with what we’re trying to accomplish.”
The commission also approved the purchase of two electronic speed detection signs. These can be moved to different locations. Neal said traffic data from the speed signs “can be downloaded onto our iPhones so we can continuously keep up with speeding on each road we put it on.”
Initially, one electronic speed sign will be placed in each direction on 175th Avenue. The speed signs can then be placed on other roads where speeding has been a problem, as needed. Neal mentioned 180th and 174th as possibilities.
The electronic speed signs are to be mounted underneath the speed limit signs, Neal said.
By using a varied approach, with speed limits painted on the roadway and electronic signs telling people how fast they’re going, Neal feels the town can better monitor and control speeding on neighborhood streets.
The pavilion and building at Constitution Park have been painted and “they look really good,” Parks Commissioner Tom Kapper said.
Work is still being done to remove staples and get a suitable cover for the large picnic table, “and then we’ll be done,” he said.
Credit cards OK’d
Two years ago, the town commission narrowly rejected a plea by Commissioner Mary Beth Henderson to invest about $1,000 in a system that would allow the use of credit cards in transactions at Town Hall.
With two new commission members this year, Henderson tried again, and this time she was successful.
Henderson told the commission she has heard numerous requests to pay with credit cards at Town Hall. Town Clerk Mary Palmer agreed, saying “We are getting more and more requests for credit. I’d like to see this go through.”
Henderson said a service fee for credit card use would be passed on to the customer, and “we’ll leave it to them to decide” whether they want to use credit or not.
The commission unanimously approved allowing Town Hall customers to use their credit cards, in addition to cash or checks.
“I’m happy,” Henderson said following the vote.
The commission also unanimously approved getting cameras and a new security system for Town Hall, another Henderson project.