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Speed limit confusion addressed by city council

Speed limit confusion addressed by city council

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 8:59 pm

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
For years, the speed limit coming into Union City on Reelfoot Avenue between Walmart and Lowe’s has been 35 mph. However, the speed limit heading out of Union City on the other side of Reelfoot Avenue was 45 mph.
It apparently wasn’t a problem until speeders started getting caught by the traffic light speed enforcement cameras at the intersection of Reelfoot Avenue and Everett Boulevard. The cameras actually don’t record a violation unless the driver is more than 10 miles over the speed limit.
Union City city manager Kathy Dillon informed the Union City Council during its April 5 meeting that there have been several complaints. She said the city had contacted the Tennessee Department of Transportation and requested the department make a change in speed limit to one of the lanes of traffic, making both incoming and outgoing traffic along the stretch between Stad Avenue and Hoosier Creek the same. TDOT is the agency responsible for setting the speed limits on Reelfoot Avenue since it is a state highway.
On Tuesday night, Ms. Dillon said TDOT, after a study, has recommended the speed limit be increased for the northbound traffic to 45 mph. The council accepted the recommendation and, once posted, motorists will be able to legally drive 45 mph on that stretch of highway.
In other business, after the meeting was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council:
• Appointed Judy Glenn to fill the Ward 2 seat on City Beautiful Commission.
• Approved the second and final reading of an ordinance to rezone Lot 32 of the E.W. Richmond subdivision from R-1 (low density residential) to B-1 (local business district). The lot is located between Miles and Pleasant Valley avenues and behind the car lot on East Reelfoot Avenue. It is owned by Bob Carpenter.
• Voted to purchase two snow plows and salt spreaders from Stringfellow in Nashville for $33,820. Ms. Dillon said the city only budgeted $30,000 for the purchase, but the public works department is under budget right now and the additional amount will not be a problem. Other bids submitted included $43,330 from D&M Distributing in LaVergne and $45,175 from Hoopers Repairs LLC in Union City.
• Heard a preconstruction meeting was held Tuesday morning for the walking track at the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Park. Construction should begin within two weeks, with all paving finished by December. Ms. Dillon said the engineers have requested the council name the park. She asked the council members to think about whether they have a name in mind or if they are going to allow the public to make suggestions.

Published in The Messenger 4.20.11

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