Board, chief address speeding concerns

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Vidalia —Vidalian Vicki Torrey wants something done about speeding in her neighborhood. At Tuesday night’s Vidalia Board of Aldermen meeting, the Plum Street resident requested that speed bumps be installed in her neighborhood to help slow down traffic.

Vidalia Fire Chief Jack Langston quickly responded to Torrey’s request.

“You don’t want speed bumps in the neighborhood,” he said.

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Langston’s main concern was that speed bumps could make it difficult for emergency vehicles to travel through the area.

Torrey then asked the board what else could be done to solve the problem. Mayor Hyram Copeland suggested that an unmarked patrol car be stationed in the neighborhood to help curtail the problem.

“We’ll put extra patrol over there,” Copeland said. “It’s almost impossible to put someone down there 24 hours a day, seven days a week though. We need the cooperation of residents to get tag numbers.”

Police Chief Billy Hammers assured the board and Torrey that the problem will be taken care of.

“If I know the name (of the speeder), I will stop it,” Hammers said.

In other business:

4 The board unanimously approved occupational licenses to Miss-Lou Electric Motor and Supply, C & MJ and Axis Onshore.

4 The board approved a liquor and beer permit for El Ranchero Restaurant, which is scheduled to open soon.

4The board authorized the offering of a 457 retirement plan to city employees. The plan will give employees the option of investing in several different mutual funds.