Charlestown commissioners discuss speeding situation
— The town commissioners revisited the topic of speeding and how to reduce it in the town Tuesday night.
During the commissioner’s previous meeting, speeding was first brought up by Commissioner Andy Thompson after he said he heard concerns about drivers going too fast down streets such as Frederick Street, among others. The commissioners discussed solutions to curb the speeding such as speed bumps and speed cameras.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Thompson said the town has options regarding methods on how to crack down on speeding, such as moveable and semi-portable speed bumps. He said if the town were to go with speed bumps, the semi-portable speed bumps are the “way to go.”
Before the town discusses solutions on how to reduce speeding, the town needs to figure out if there is a speeding problem and if so, what areas are affected, he said. Thompson said he and Commissioner Joseph Letts spoke about the issue.
“We need to identify if there is a problem first,” Thompson said. “Also, what high
CHARLESTOWN Perryville-area fire under investigation
— The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal continues to investigate a Tuesday afternoon fire at a home on Jackson Station Road.
The cause has not been determined.
A passerby discovered the fire coming from the front of a home at 655 Jackson
risks do you have, because we can’t put these things (speed bumps) everywhere.”
Letts said several radar studies were performed and showed “they (drivers) were running a little faster than they should, but they weren’t outrageous.”
He said he thinks the semiportable speed bumps are a good idea, but would like to know where they would be placed and for how long. He suggested creating asphalt speed bumps with arrows, which would be painted on the road, pointing to the bumps. Letts said if the town were to go with the speed bumps, the asphalt speed bumps are the method to go with.
“I’m not saying the speed bumps is the way to go to solve the issue,” Thompson said. “It’s a suggestion. I think it’s really identifying if there is an issue and picking out, maybe, what areas do we need to slow people down at because we can’t do it everywhere. I don’t think it’s going to be realistic right now.”
Letts said the Cecil County Sheriff’s Department has conducted radar studies for the town and he said he will talk to Sgt. Ron Schmidt, the town’s CCSO liaison, about performing a radar study in the town, including annexed areas, as well.
Station near Perryville just after 2 p.m. Residents were home at the time, but were unaware of the blaze that was attacking the ranch house with an attached garage.
Firefighters needed just 10 minutes to get the fire under control.
According to investigators, the damage was estimated at $30,000 to the house and its contents.
No one was injured.