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Grandview Council eyes on speeders, on-street parking

GRANDVIEW - Much of the Grandview City Council meeting last night was focused on slowing speeders in residential districts and the enforcement of the city's new nuisance ordinance.

Citizens' complaints about the hazards of on-street parking of cars and recreational vehicles recently prompted the city leaders to enact a nuisance ordinance. Last night, the council heard complaints about the new ordinance are beginning to roll in.

Last week Grandview police began issuing warning tickets to vehicle owners violating the nuisance law, which covers non-operational vehicles as well as RVs. The vehicles, learned council members, are often found parked on city right of ways, explained Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet.

"We are working with residents to help them understand the new ordinance," he told the council.

The warning tickets are being issued to residents who park their cars, RVs, campers and boats on the streets, he said.

Charvet said he hopes the council doesn't authorize the issuance of special permits for special circumstances that allow limited on-street parking. "We need to maintain the integrity of the ordinance we worked hard on developing," he said.

Charvet also asked the council to approve the purchase of a trailer mounted radar unit to be used to help enforce speed limits. The unit, which was approved for purchase by the council, will be used throughout the community to slow down speeders, he said.

Supporting the recommendation to purchase the unit, Mayor Norm Childress said the need to slow speeders down has been a reoccurring theme at recent Grandview neighborhood block parties.

"We've heard residents telling us that they are concerned about speeding in their neighborhoods," he said.

"They've asked for more signage to alert motorists to residential speed limits and that is something we will be doing in the coming weeks," he said.

Childress told fellow council members that the purchase of a new radar unit is another tool to help slow speeders down.

The radar unit will be a replacement unit, Charvet said, noting the city had been part of a traffic safety partnership with several other Valley towns in utilizing such a unit. Unfortunately, that radar unit is no longer in working condition, he said.

The unit, which shows the speed motorists are traveling, causes them to slow down, he said. "We actually could use two of these units," Charvet said.

Council, in approving the purchase of a new radar unit, also agreed to allocate additional money to add a recording unit on the trailer, at the recommendation of Public Workers Director Cus Arteaga.

Arteaga told the council the recording unit will be useful in counting the cars that use local streets in the community.

"Many of our grants ask for a traffic count and this could be one way to accomplish that, as well as slow speeders," he suggested.

The basic radar unit is estimated to cost $8,950 and will be funded from the new law and justice sales tax.

Grandview City Manager Jim Sewell suggested money for an additional radar unit be included in the city's 2006 budget planning.

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