Speed limit lowered

Published 4:47am Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Drivers who travel through the Horton Subdivision of East Brewton may find themselves stepping on the brakes more in the coming days.

David Blair, a resident in the neighborhood and a member of the Neighborhood Watch program, made a second request to the East Brewton City Council during Monday’s meeting of the group.

Blair, along with other residents in the area, had approached the council months ago asking for a drop in the speed limit in the area.

“We have conducted a study with our police department and don’t see a huge need for the speed limit to be changed,” Mayor Terry Clark said.

Police Chief Kenny Brazile said he and officers in the department had monitored the speed of drivers in the area and had only issued one ticket during the months-long study.

“We have really be watching and patrolling that area,” Brazile said. “I don’t know if people are seeing us and slowing down, but we have only issued one ticket and that was for no drivers license.”

Councilman Byron Palmer said he saw no problem with dropping the speed limit from the current rate of 25 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour if the residents thought that would help in the area.

“We are asking again that you lower the speed limit to 15 miles per hour just in that area,” Blair said. “We believe it will make a difference.”

The council voted to lower the speed limit to 15 miles per hour on Terry, Horton, Earl, Ashton and Parker Streets in the area known as Horton Subdivision.

In other business, the council agreed to look into a water pressure issue in the city after one resident complained that water use was a problem.

Robert Bradley, a Terry Street resident, said there were seven homes on the street being served by a single two-inch water line.

“When you’re the last house on the line and everyone is using water, you have to run around the shower just to get wet because the water pressure is zero,” Bradley told the council.

Clark agreed he had experienced similar issues and would talk to water system officials to see about what changes could be made to increase pressure for residents in the area.

The council also agreed to make a purchase for a sewer machine for the East Brewton Water Board in the amount of $53,139 with the board assuming the monthly payment schedule in the future.

• Approved the city court calendar and schedule for 2014.

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