Noel Council Lauds Speed Bumps
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