Noel Coun­cil Lauds Speed Bumps

McDonald County Press - - COUNTY - Rachel Dick­er­son

The Noel City Coun­cil dis­cussed speed bumps at its meet­ing on Tues­day night.

Street Su­per­in­ten­dent Christo­pher Craig told the coun­cil he has put in speed bumps on South Kings High­way and on Davis Street. These are ar­eas where chil­dren tend to play.

“The safety far out­weighs the in­con­ve­nience,” Craig said. “It’s quite ef­fec­tive and it’s do­ing its job.”

He said he has had re­quests from res­i­dents to put in more. The cost to make one is about $25, and with the staff hours it rounds up to about $200, he said.

“We like it, and we hope the res­i­dents of Noel do, too,” Craig said.

Mayor Lewis Davis said, “We’ll try to get a few more put in. It de­pends on time and our money sit­u­a­tion as far as as­phalt.”

Also Tues­day, Davis told the coun­cil he got in touch with FEMA re­gard­ing Scout Moun­tain, where half the road was washed out dur­ing the April flood. Davis said FEMA told him the city needs to get a geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing re­port done on the road. He said he would be looking into com­pa­nies that do such re­ports. He said he is hop­ing FEMA will me­di­ate the road and pay 100 per­cent.

Starla and Josh Stephens ap­peared be­fore the coun­cil to re­quest a vari­ance for a trailer home on Kings High­way. They lost their home to a house fire and are re­plac­ing it with a mod­u­lar home.

Alderman Al­lie Peck said she had con­cerns be­cause a vari­ance was granted be­fore and the trailer “looks ter­ri­ble.”

Alderman Lon­nie Huck­abey said he would like to see a pe­ti­tion taken around to the neigh­bors.

“If they don’t have a prob­lem with it, I don’t ei­ther,” he said.

Starla Stephens said they only have one neigh­bor.

The coun­cil ap­proved a mo­tion to grant the vari­ance pend­ing a sig­na­ture from the neigh­bor. Starla Stephens re­turned with the sig­na­ture be­fore the end of the meet­ing.

In other busi­ness, the coun­cil ap­proved a re­quest from Mar­shal Paul Gard­ner to keep us­ing part-time deputies.

“The safety far out­weighs the in­con­ve­nience. It’s quite ef­fec­tive and it’s do­ing its job.”

Christo­pher Craig Street Su­per­in­ten­dent

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