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Residents want a slow down

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Speeders endanger children

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Tina Barrios, the mother of a hearing impaired child, said speeders on her stretch of Southeast 8th Terrace are making life dangerous for her child and other young ones who live on the block. Drivers who cut through from County Road 345 to Southeast 5th Avenue are violating the speed limit. She said signs have been erected noting a deaf child lives in the area and that police have responded to residents’ calls but the drivers are gone by the time officers arrive. “There are 20 kids that live in our area,” Barrios said. She asked the City Commision in its meeting on Sept. 24 if they would put speed humps on the street to slow traffic. “That costs a lot of money to put in,” said City Manager Grady Hartzog. He estimated the cost at about $3,000 each. City Building Official Bill Hammond said building a hump could create exacerbate the problem. “All you could be building is a high priced skateboard hump” to attract children into the street.Commissioner Sammy Cason told the two mothers who came with the request, “It's your responsibility. Parents are not following through. You ought to be watching and keep them out of the street.”Hartzog recommended the commission hold off on action and Mayor Teal Pomeroy said commissioners should visit the neighborhood and tell Hartzog what each would recommend so Hartzog can come back with a recommendation.