Residents to petition council on Magnolia, Gum streets safety

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Taylor Griffith/Journal Scene A group of historic district residents plan to confront Town Council at their Wednesday meeting with a petition asking for increased safety on Magnolia and Gum streets.

Members of the ad hoc Southeast Historic District Homeowner’s Association plan to present a petition for increased safety on Magnolia and Gum streets to Town Council at its meeting Wednesday night.

The group, led by Peter Gorman of South Magnolia Street, will be petitioning for “improved pedestrian and pet safety.”

Gorman said within the one week the petition circulated, the group canvassed 64 residences in the historic area and got 86 signatures.

As written in the petition, the group is looking for the Town Council to “take action to improve traffic control, enforcement and pedestrian safety in our neighborhood.”

Gorman said cars often use the historic streets to speed and bypass traffic in other areas of town, endangering pedestrians who live on the two streets.

The speed limit on the road is 30 mph but he said cars often double the limit.

The petition lists six action items as ways the Town could increase safety in the area: adding stop signs and crosswalks, enforcing traffic laws through increased police patrols, restricting large trucks from the streets, adding sidewalks to South Gum Street and replacing existing street lamps with lower ones.

For Gorman, it all started when his cat was run over by a speeding car two weeks ago.

After talking with neighbors, he said his pet is one of at least five that have been killed by traffic on the road.

“We’re not looking for sympathy, we’re looking for action,” Gorman said. “It’s time the city refocuses its attention on the historic district.”

Teresa Friar, who’s lived on Magnolia Street for 17 years and signed the petition, agreed the town should take some action to continue improving the historic area.

“Traffic has diminished a great deal since the parkway was finished, so I think we are not as concerned as we were before, but it still does need to have attention paid,” she said.

Gorman and others from the ad hoc homeowner’s association will address the council during the public comment portion of the meeting.

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