Midway council leans towards speed tables for East Stephens Street
Much of Tuesday’s Midway City Council meeting was spent discussing speeding problems on East Stephens Street, with members indicating they’re likely to support installing two speed tables there. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said East Stephens Street has been “ground zero” lately for speeding, and that police had handed out a bunch of tickets there in October. He said he’d never seen so many complaints about speeding in a particular area as there’ve been about East Stephens Street the last month or two. He acknowledged speed bumps installed in 2017, which were removed after ambulances and other vehicles had trouble negotiating them, had been divisive. Vandegrift showed the council slides of two types of speed tables. The first would be semi-permanent and couldn’t be installed until spring. The second, which are made of rubber, would be bolted into the street and could be more easily moved if a big snowstorm was approaching, he said. Each has breaks for ambulances, and Vandegrift said he’d consult with EMS Director Freeman Bailey about the issue. Councilmember Sara Hicks asked about the cost. Vandegrift said he wasn’t sure, but thought either approach might cost between $2,500 and $4,000 and perhaps more. Councilmember John Holloway said he was leery of the rubber speed tables because he thought they wouldn’t hold up and because they have rumble strips that might be quite loud and annoy people who live nearby. Councilmember Bruce Southworth said the rubber tables would wear out more quickly and the bolts holding them down could come loose. Vandegrift said he’d like to put Holloway’s “engineering mind” to work on the issue and noted that both Holloway and Southworth live on East Stephens Street. Vandegrift asked if anyone disagreed with the semi-permanent option, and no one did. Councilmember Logan Nance asked about status of the city’s portable radar sign, which flashes when a vehicle is speeding. Vandegrift said it was purchased in 2016 for $3,000 and wasn’t working properly. Assistant Versailles Police Chief Rob Young said the Versailles City Council purchased four portable radar units, with two installed on both Montgomery and Kentucky avenues. Young said they collect data and can even be programmed to send speeders a cheeky message. Hicks asked if she’d be allowed to suggest such messages. Quitclaim deed The council voted unanimously to approve a quitclaim deed for a .11-acre tract next to the Midway Corner Grocery to Northside Homes LLC. Phyllis Mattingly, who represents the group, said her clients, one of whom is the former owner of the grocery, will sell the land to the present owner of the grocery, who wants a complete tract in order to expand it. The land, an abandoned right of way, was deeded to the city by the state last year. Hicks said it seemed like the council was cleaning up a mess, which was great. Shockley appointed to BOA Vandegrift’s nomination of Bart Shockley to fill the unexpired term of Al Schooler, who stepped down after serving multiple terms as the city’s representative to the Board of Adjustments, was unanimously approved.