CALUMET CITY | What started out as a desire by one alderman to install speed bumps on one street in his ward to reduce a potential traffic hazard has spread across all of Calumet City.
The City Council voted 7-0 on Thursday to purchase 21 sets of temporary traffic safety bumps from Holland Asphalt Services for $13,650 and place them in all seven of the city’s wards.
Aldermen also cast a 7-0 vote for a measure desired by 3rd Ward Alderman Thaddeus Jones that authorizes Holland Asphalt to install three sets of the bumps on Madison, Paxton and Luella avenues between State Street and Stewart Avenue.
Jones said the bumps should be removed just before winter snowfall comes, then have them reinstalled next spring.
He also said that purchasing the 21 sets of bumps would allow for all the aldermen to pick out locations in their wards that have the potential for traffic hazards. On Thursday, however, none of the other aldermen expressed any desire to have the speed bumps on their streets.
Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush asked whether the bumps were truly temporary, since they were being provided and installed by a company that usually is hired for road repairs involving resurfacing. Jones said they are.
The issue of speed bumps is one that has captured Jones’ attention in recent weeks. He received City Council approval of the installation of temporary speed bumps in front of a house at in the 2200 block of Harding Avenue – a location Jones said is hazardous because of speeding motorists who often ignore a nearby stop sign and come close to hitting area houses.
Holland Asphalt was paid $4,700 to install that speed bump.
Money for the purchase was specifically included in the budget recently approved by the City Council. Jones had a last-minute change made that created a new line item with $25,000 to pay for speed bump purchases made during the city’s current fiscal year.