Tell City will post speed-limit signs on Ninth Street

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Police will continue to monitor speeds


TELL CITY – The Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety will continue to monitor traffic complaints in the 200 block of Ninth Street and post signs advising motorists of the 30 mph speed limit and of children living in the area.

The actions, approved by the city’s board of public works and safety July 1, follow concerns voiced in June by several residents living in the area. Several residents presented a petition asking the city to do something about what they described as motorists traveling at high speeds in the area south of Washington Street.

In his presentation to the works board, Assistant Police Chief John Allen said several officers in marked and unmarked cars monitored the area and issued one written warning for a driver traveling 40 mph.

Other motorists in the area traveled under the speed limit or slightly over it.

For example, during an hour of monitoring June 28, 15 cars passed through the area. The maximum speed, Allen said, was 32 mph.

The speed limit on city streets, unless otherwise marked, is 30 mph.

Residents attending the June meeting suggested placing a stop sign at Ninth and Blum streets to slow traffic. However, works board members voiced hope the signs, along with police patrols, will keep speeders in check.

“If those folks come back in six months and say there’s still a problem we’ll need to address it again,” board member Gerald Yackle said. “There are quite a few kids there.”