Motorists speeding down Monteith Drive and the ones who utilize Summit Drive as a shortcut to Holly Springs Road could be in for a rude awakening soon — quite literally.
Hernando aldermen Tuesday agreed that speeding in Lee's Summit subdivision has become an issue and is endangering the safety of residents, especially young children due to speeding cars and drive-through traffic.
Resident Greg Jones appeared once again before aldermen to air his request for speed altering devices, either "speed humps" or "speed bumps" as the case may be.
Jones presented a petition to aldermen containing 56 signatures of the neighborhood's 78 residents.
"Some people said I was wasting my time," Jones said. "Some said it would never happen."
"Let's prove them wrong," Ward 5 Alderwoman Cathy Brooks said.
Brooks said she drove out to the subdivision and immediately encountered a speeding motorist.
"I've been over there and a pickup truck came barreling through there," Brooks said.
Assistant Police Chief Shane Ellis said police continue to patrol the subdivision and write tickets.
"We get complaints on the web site and phone calls," said Ellis, acknowledging that violators complain abut being issued a ticket and law abiding residents continue to complain about speeding.
Mayor Tom Ferguson said he and aldermen understand the concerns of residents in the subdivision.
"We understand you want it — let's move forward with it," Ferguson said.
Ward 2 Alderman Andrew Miller said he has been wanting to get "traffic calming devices" on Hill Street in historic West End for some time.
"Hill Street has never had a speed calming device," Miller said, adding that he has also received complaints about basketball goals on city right-of-ways in which children's lives are being placed at risk.
The real issue is that the city has no policy in place as to what is allowed in city right-of-ways, Miller said.
"Due to the numerous complaints I've received about children nearly getting hit due to basketball goals in city right-of-ways, I'm bringing this to the board's attention. We don't have any policies in place about what you can do and can't do in city right-of-way. We've had some near misses of children getting hurt. I wouldn't want my son getting hit if he was chasing after a ball or something. The basketball goal (in city right-of-way) is only a small part of it."
Miller also complained that he felt there was some "passing of the buck" going on at City Hall with regard to the complaints about extracurricular activity in city right-of-ways.
The speed calming device issue is being placed on the Aug. 7 agenda for possible action.
City Engineer Joe Frank Lauderdale said some "speed calming" devices are between 12 to 14 inches in width and three inches high while other devices are six inches high and 25 feet long, acting more like raised crosswalks.
"What else can I do?" Jones asked, following up with a suggestion that he might assist the city with a traffic count in the high traffic areas.
Ferguson thanked Jones and urged him to place his trust in the board to seek a remedy to the issue.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252