During the first regularly scheduled County Court meeting of 2013, the Judge and Commissioners heard a request to lower the speed limit on
one of their roads. During discussion on that item, the Court began a study of all roads under their oversight and considered the possibility of reducing all the speed limits.
The issue initially arose when a resident on Onion Creek Road in the Hilda/Doss area appeared before the Court to explain his concerns with the current speed limit on that road. Judge Jerry Bearden advised that, by
state law, the speed limit on all county roads is 45 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. The county has already designated a 35 mile per hour speed limit on the adjoining Salt Branch Loop and posted signs along the road advising of that limit.
The Court, after discussion of the conditions on Onion Creek Road, voted unanimously to change the speed limit to 35 miles per hour; but, will have to wait until signs are posted to begin enforcing the change.
During discussion following the vote, the Court heard an informal report from Commissioner Stephen Mutschink regarding his analysis of time spent on each road in the county system. Commissioner Mutschink used the reports of the Road Depart-
ment detailing the amount of work
hours spent on each road during the course of the last year. He entered the numbers into a spreadsheet which allowed him to review how many hours per mile each road required, and to see the distribution of hours spent in each precinct and on each piece of county road. This was only a preliminary report, and further analysis will be required in order to determine the usefulness of the data.
In other business, the County:
- Voted to maintain travel reim-
bursement at 50 cents per mile;
- Voted to again retain
Neffendorff, Klein, et al as the county auditor;
- Voted for Commissioner Wayne Hofmann as Judge Pro Tern;
- Declined to enact a burn ban;
but, warned residents of the county that abundant fuel is in place all over the county.
The Court will meet again for the next regular meeting on January 28th.