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Wilmer Council rejects speed limit reduction, safety bumps on College St.

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Ellis County Press

WILMER - On behalf of citizens living in the College Street area, Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson wanted the speed limit lowered or the placement of safety speed bumps on the roadway there.

Wilmer Elementary School is located on College.

City council member Virginia Arroyo agreed with Hudson's motion made during the Aug. 17 regular meeting at the community center.

Other council members said they could have gone along with reducing the speed limit from 30 to 20 miles per hour, but not speed bumps.

A vote of 3-2 rejected the motion.

Voting in opposition were Jesse Petton, Billy Wickliffe and Tiny Lange - saying the main reason was College being a major thoroughfare through the city.

Included in Hudson's proposal was police monitoring speed of vehicles on College once the limit was lowered.

'If that doesn't work, place four speed bumps,' he said.

Petton said drivers weren't watching the signs over there now.

'Who's going to pay for front-end alignments?' Lange said. 'I've never heard of another city putting speed bumps on a major thoroughfare.'

A citizen said the price of a front-end alignment wasn't going to pay for a child's life.

'Laws have got to be enforced,' he said.

'That's what we pay police officers for,' Lange said. 'They ought to be out there enforcing it.'

A citizen called the traffic situation on College ridiculous.

'You could write a book of tickets in the morning,' he said. 'They're going to keep on until they kill a kid.'

The Wilmer Police Department recently placed a print order for more citation booklets.

Petton said if speed bumps were placed on College they should be painted with a florescent color.

'College is a thoroughfare that goes to the other side of town. Speed bumps should be as a last resort,' Wickliffe said. 'I would be for the speed limit to be reduced to 20.'

The council is scheduled to next meet again Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the community center, located between the police station and city hall off Belt Line Road.

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