Speed limit cannot be applied until county gets deed to road SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

July 23, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Speed limits on Monroe Avenue in Eldersburg cannot be enforced until it becomes a public road, the county director of public works told the Carroll County commissioners yesterday.

"The road is not deeded to the county, so there is nothing we can do," said Keith Kirschnick, the public works director. "It is not considered a public road, so the state police will take no action."

The discussion was in response to a letter from Monroe Avenue resident Michael J. Behrle, who complained to Commissioner Donald I. Dell that the Public Works Department refused to put up speed limit signs because of what he called a legal technicality.

Mr. Behrle said he was also angry that the Maryland State Police would not let him install his own speed limit signs.

understand what legal responsibilities mean," Mr. Behrle said. "But I am also a concerned parent."

He said he feared that with children playing in the street over the summer, an accident would occur.

Monroe Avenue is part of Heritage Heights, a nearly completed housing development next to the Oklahoma Farms subdivision. Phase three of the development is expected to begin this summer, Mr. Behrle said in his letter.

Mr. Kirschnick told the commissioners that it would be futile to post speed limit signs if the state police will not enforce the limit.

Phase one of the development, including the road, should be accepted by the county within the next week, he said. Phase two will be accepted in the near future, Mr. Kirschnick said.

"This should be settled fairly quickly," he said.

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