Atkins: Speeders wreaking havoc on Heritage Drive
by David Lazenby
Jan 21, 2011 | 3667 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
For the second time in the last four months, a resident of Heritage Drive asked the Jasper City Council to do something to slow down motorists on the Jasper street.

Harold Atkins voiced his concern about speeding on Heritage Drive during Tuesday’s meeting of the Jasper City Council. Atkins and at least one other Heritage Drive resident spoke out on the matter at a Sept. 21 Council meeting.

Since the last time Atkins approached the Council, he said there has been a head-on collision on the road. Atkins wants the city to install humps or speed tables to alleviate the problem in his neighborhood.

“I don’t think people are going to slow down until they have to,” Atkins said. “If they put those speed tables out, people would have to slow down.”

Previously, the city attempted to quell speeding through the residential area by temporarily installing a sign that revealed the speed of vehicles that passed it.

“There wasn’t one single vehicle that passed that sign that wasn’t speeding — not one,” said Atkins whose family kept an eye on the sign during the two days it was present. “The speed limit is 25 (miles per hour) but the average speed was probably 45, and some of them was as much as 60 miles per hour.”

Jerry Redmill, the superintendent of Jasper’s street department, said in December the city installed a pair of speed tables in an attempt to slow traffic on Heritage Drive.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the Council took the following actions:

•Conducted a public hearing to consider approval of a Restaurant Retail Liquor License for The Barn, LLC, located at 5450 Highway 78 West;

•Tabled a request to renew a contract with Walker County Baseball Umpires Association and Softball Umpires with Jasper Softball Officials;

•Approved a request to send bid invitations for uniform rental services and pool chemicals;

•Approved a request to renew a contract for ambulance service with Regional Paramedics; and

•Adopted a resolution for nuisance abatement on three Jasper structures.