A newly-placed stop sign along Lee's Summit Drive in Hernando has helped to slow down speeders but the larger question of whether a raised speed hump or crosswalk is needed along Monteith Drive is still being studied.
Speed calming devices are designed to reduce speed and reduce traffic volume — especially on cut-through streets, according to Hernando City Engineer Joe Frank Lauderdale.
More than three quarters of the residents in the area have signed on to the prospect of installing speed calming devices in the neighborhood, which provides a "cut through" to Holly Springs Road to the southeast.
A committee of three individuals including an alderman, Police Chief Scott Worsham and Lauderdale will study the issue.
Ward 2 Alderman Andrew Miller said he was somewhat agitated that he has been trying to get speed calming devices on three streets in the historic West End neighborhood, Hill Street, College Street and Cathey Street for nearly 10 years.
"I've been trying to do something about spending money on three streets that I brought up 10 years ago," Miller said. "They have not been addressed. Why is that? Depending upon where you live in the city, depends upon the kind of services you receive."
The average cost of a speed hump is between $3,000 to $4,000.
Ward 3 Alderman Gary Higdon said he was concerned the city would be flooded with requests for speed humps.
"We're opening up a bucket of worms," Higdon said. "You are going to be flooded with requests."
"Thank you for the stop sign," said resident Greg Jones of Lee's Summit neighborhood. "It was a step in the right direction."
In other matters, city officials heard from Civil-Link, LLC representatives Bree Nolan and Barrett Burnworth who have studied needed repairs for city streets.
The goal of the Civil-Link study is to bring city streets and roads up to good condition.
More than 106 miles of city roads were evaluated.
Engineers with Civil-Link said it would cost $7.7 million to upgrade all 106 miles of city streets.
$1.2 million could be spent on 16 miles of city streets each year. There would be surface evaluation of the asphalt.
"I would like to see us move forward with this maintenance plan," Mayor Tom Ferguson said.
Miller said with all due respect professional engineers can't tell city officials which streets to fix first.
That was a fact conceded by Barrett Burnworth with Civil-Link.
"It is political," Burnworth said. "You will have to decide as a board how to move forward."
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