A crowd of New Street and East Broad Street residents of Hoschton attended Monday night’s city council meeting in an appeal for two speed bumps in their neighborhood. Apparently they used to be there, but they were taken down.
Jeannee Sheffield told the council that she and the other residents last month had sent a petition for speed bumps or speed tables to be installed again on New Street.
“Y’all didn’t feel like it was very important,” said Sheffield.
The issue was on the council’s agenda, however, at its April meeting, where it was discussed and no residents attended.
At that meeting, then-city clerk Ali Merk reported to the council that several residents of New Street and East Broad Street who have 14 children in total created the petition. After some discussion from the council over the issue, it was decided that until the citizens are willing to pay for it, the council is not taking any action on it.
Sheffield, who lives on East Broad Street, said her son and his family live on New Street. She said the old speed bumps were taken down after school bus drivers and soccer moms complained. Since then, she has urged the sheriff’s office to ticket speeders.
“I don’t want a child to get hit or run over before something is done,” said Sheffield.
Mayor Theresa Kenerly said the previous speed bumps that were installed by the city police department were “cheap” and wouldn’t stay in the ground. She said the city would look into another type and see how much it costs.