Charlestown com­mis­sion­ers dis­cuss speed­ing sit­u­a­tion

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

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