Carroll Co. stop sign approved

August 10, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Several Sykesville residents want more stop signs on Central Avenue. One wants the existing one removed.

In response to residents' safety concerns, the Town Council voted last month to erect a stop sign at the intersection of Central and First avenues.

But, said Mayor Kenneth W. Clark at last night's council meeting, "We are still at the monitoring point. We want to continue to hear from residents."

"What you did was a good thing but it's not enough," said resident Brian Rains. "We need more signs and more traffic control by police."

In a letter to the Town Council, Thelma Wimmer objected to a new stop sign near her home. She said there's not enough traffic there to warrant the sign.

Mr. Rains said the road, which connects Route 32 to Obrecht Road, has much pedestrian traffic.

"Both the elderly and young children feel endangered walking on the street," said Mr. Rains. "More signs would keep the through traffic out of the neighborhood."

Mr. Rains estimated that 70 percent of the traffic is motorists passing through town and "that is not limited to rush hour."

"They just come flying by," said Andrew Hirsch, who resides at the intersection of Central and Second avenues.

"Without another stop, drivers can get their speed back up again."

Mr. Rains said that with no other deterrent to speeders, problems will persist on the road. He asked the council to take action before school reopens and children are on the road.

The council voted unanimously to erect an additional sign at Central and Second avenues and to leave the existing sign in place.

"We could put a stop sign at every corner in town, but is that what we want?" said Councilman Jonathan Herman.

Town Manager James Schumacher said the Planning Commission is reviewing all traffic signs on town streets.

Members will make recommendations to the council.

"We are making a comprehensive study," he said. "Other streets have the exact same problems. We want uniformity to standards."

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