By Jeremy Elrod
Following weeks of discussion regarding the safety of Glenn Carrie Road, numerous residents spoke out against the proposed speed breakers in hopes of swaying the council’s vote.
“We’ve been discussing this for quite some time now, but before we put our decision to a vote I’m going to let everyone here voice their thoughts on the matter,” said Mayor Paul Elkins.
Speaking on behalf of the Hull Fire Department, Frank Edwards read from a list of statistics and reasons for the opposition of the breakers.
“The opinion of the fire chief and consensus of the fire department as a whole is that the use of speed breakers on Glenn Carrie would be a potential hazard,” said Edwards. “The breakers would potentially slow the response time of our fire trucks and response vehicles by two to three minutes, could cause accidents for unknowing drivers on that road, and could not only cause an unnecessary accident but could keep us from saving a life as well.”
Edwards said there haven’t been accidents on the road this year, but that the fire department has often had to travel the road.
“Despite the speeding problem there have been zero reported accidents on Glenn Carrie this year, but out of the 62 reported calls the fire department has received here in Hull, 42 of them have required us to travel that road,” he said. “Because of these delays and the detriment it could cause in saving someone’s life, the Hull Fire Department does not support the use of speed breakers and asks the city to consider an alternative solution.”
County Commissioner Stanley Thomas voiced concerns on behalf of District 1 and the effects the breakers would have from an economic standpoint.
“The tax dollars received from Ingles are a huge factor in the community, and, more specifically, to the city of Hull,” said Thomas. “The use of speed breakers on Glenn Carrie could potentially turn travelers away from using the road, and, subsequently, away from doing business at Ingles as well. In order to avoid the breakers and congested traffic, a person may opt to take their business to the Kroger that’s coming down the road instead.”
Councilman Brian Koepnick said he couldn’t vote for the breakers.
“I’m the one that lives on Glenn Carrie and originally proposed all of this, but hearing what’s been stated I can’t with a good conscience vote in favor of these breakers,” he said. “It’s a dangerous road and something has to be done; however, I can’t approve something that I know will impede the travel of emergency vehicles by two to three minutes as they’re saying.”
Councilwoman Paige Phillips revisited the idea of alternate methods of speed reduction.
“I agree with Brian, and can’t vote in favor of these bumps after hearing what’s been said here tonight,” she said. “I think we should purchase the flashing speed limit signs instead to make people aware of their speeding, without hindering the actual flow of traffic or emergency vehicles.”
Mayor Elkins offered final thoughts on the issue and brought the decision to a vote.
“The safety and overall well-being of our city and residents is the most important thing,” said Elkins. “In a unanimous decision, the council has voted against the use of speed breakers and will pursue purchasing two flashing speed limit signs as a safer alternative instead.”
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