Council sets new limit on Lou

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

One month after agreeing to step up enforcement of the speed limit on Lou Avenue, the Eminence City Council voted to up the street’s speed limit.

Set at 15 miles per hour more than one year ago, the council set the street’s limit at 25 miles per hour during its meeting last week.

A representative from the housing authority, Glenda Lucas, wrote a letter to the council requesting the limit be increased from 15 to 25.

Lucas, who herself received a speeding ticket for going 33 miles per hour in the 15 mile per hour zone, said the current limit was too low, and could cause a problem if she needed to respond to an emergency.

Council member Leo Mason said he felt enforcing the 15 miles per hour limit would be a problem while it was discussed at the meeting, and said a lot of residents along the street are getting pulled over.

During the July meeting, Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan said it was very difficult to do 15 miles per hour on Lou Avenue. He said last week that upping the limit to 25 miles per hour would be reasonable. During the increased enforcement, he said, the department made 85 stops. The highest speeding ticket, he said, was one driver going 33 miles per hour.

“If a speed limit is not sensible and reasonable and necessary, it may cause unecessary frustration for drivers,” he said. “Lowering the speed limit would not take care of the problem.”

Mason moved to increase the speed limit to 25, and the motion passed 4-1, with council member Shawn Bright voting against increasing the limit.

“We can always change it back if it doesn’t work out,” council member LeeAnn Armstrong said.

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