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March 11, 2014

County sets speed limit on CR 1102

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Although a public hearing held Monday by Cherokee County Commissioners didn't attract anyone, the court unanimously voted to set the speed limit along County Road 1102 to 30 miles per hour,  said County Judge Chris Davis.

Pct. 3 Commissioner Katherine Pinotti was not present at the meeting.

The request, made earlier this year by residents living in the high-traffic area, was initially made to ensure safety of the young children

living there.

“I had several complaints from people up and down that road about speeding,” said Pct. 2 Commissioner Steven Norton, in whose district the road is located.

Agreeing to monitor traffic one day this past weekend, Norton said he witnessed a vehicle traveling at a fast pace along CR 1102.

“On my way out there, there was a guy coming around the corner going about 50 miles per hour – if I had not been paying attention, we both would have been hurt badly,” he said. “So, by posting a speed limit in areas like this, it slows the vehicles down.”

Norton advised residents experiencing similar problems to call their county commissioner.

“While we don't run out and stick these signs up – there has to be legitimacy to the call – we usually know by going out and assessing the situation,” he said. “It just so happened that I got to experience (their concerns) first hand, and got to thinking, 'My lord, it's worse than I thought.' ”

Also during Monday's meeting, commissioners unanimously gave approval for the Sheriff's Department to advertise for bids on a pickup.

Sheriff James Campbell said the vehicle will be a four-door crew cab pickup that he will use. The 2007 crew cab truck he now uses – which has 118,000 miles on it – will be passed along to another department employee.

To offset cost of the new vehicle, Campbell said the department will trade in two other vehicles.

“I try to get rid of them when they hit 125-150 thousand miles on them – usually they're about five years old at the time,” he said. “Though if I have one that's giving me trouble, I try to get rid of it at a low mileage, but I've had good luck so far.”

The sheriff's department has a fleet of 32, including a SWAT van, a mobile command post and a K9 unit.

He said he requested the new vehicle go out for bid so dealers from within the county can place a bid. He estimated the truck will run in the mid- to upper-$20,000, and could be in place as early as this summer.

The commissioners' court also accepted changes made to employee job descriptions to meet EEOC regulations.

“We've been working on this awhile, and with the exception of Road & Bridge –who wanted their descriptions to be somewhat uniform – we approved those changes,” Davis said, adding that because “they wanted to work on those a little more, we'll look at Road & Bridge (job descriptions) at a future meeting.”

No action was taken on an agenda item regarding the sale of two Mack dump trucks to East Texas Mack under the Buyback agreement by Pct. 3, as Pinotti was not available to give deeper detail.

Her precinct also is requesting permission to purchase two new replacement trucks through the company's BuyBoard program.

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