Village addresses speeding concerns

St. Joseph will be getting a new stop sign.
A resident addressed the board during its Feb. 12 meeting regarding an incident on Briarcliff Drive.  
Brian Knight said that usually speeding occurs in the summer but it does happen year around.
“Friday, my daughter almost got hit,” he said. “We were walking across the street from my parents’ house and it was 8 p.m. at night so it was fairly dark.”
Knight said he had to rush down his parent’s driveway and grab his daughter to keep her from being hit. Knight said the car sounded like it began to accelerate as soon as it came out its driveway .
“It’s the first time it’s been close to having an accident,” he said.  “I don’t know what the answer is to get people to slow down.”
Mayor B.J. Hackler said a three-way stop may not stop it but it may slow drivers down on Briarcliff.
Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges said she had also heard complaints of erratic driving near the Sports Complex.
Hackler said he thought a stop sign needed to be placed on Briarcliff in order to slow drivers down.
In other news, the board voted to order a $2,600 soil pulverizer. Hackler said  St. Joseph-Ogden High School used to have a soil pulverizer but it burned up in the Bus Barn fire in June 2011.
“We all used it so it may be our time to buy one now,”  Hackler said.
Trustee Roy McCarty said the antenna that will be used with the village’s new communications equipment will be installed this month.
Trustee Forrest Chism said IGA will be redoing part of their parking lot.
The village will be redoing the sidewalk in front of IGA during the same time.  The village is also looking at redoing the sidewalk in front of the post office as well.
The project will be funded by motor fuel money.
Fruhling-Voges expressed concern regarding removing trees to replace sidewalks.
She said that trees were an important part of the beautification of downtown and she did not like removing them and not replacing them.  The board decided to look at ways to replace the trees that would be removed due to sidewalk repair.


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