Hobart man pushes for speed control in neighborhood

2013-09-08T19:15:00Z 2013-09-08T20:04:33Z Hobart man pushes for speed control in neighborhoodDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | A Barrington Ridge subdivision resident pleaded with the Hobart Board of Works to allow signs to be placed in his neighborhood to slow speeding motorists.

Tom Brebich, who lives in the 7000 block of Eider Avenue, asked the board to place a sign advising drivers to slow down because children are playing. He asked that it be on the northbound side of Eider Avenue near Bracken Parkway.

"They (cars) fly down that street," Brebich said.

Brebich's worry is that a child running out in the street will get killed.

Mayor Brian Snedecor told Brebich most cities, including Hobart, no longer place such signs because of liability issues.

Snedecor said the message the signs convey is that its OK for children to be playing in the street when it's not.

"The neighbors in that area have to take ownership," Snedecor said. "A sign will not solve the problem."

Police Chief Rick Zormier, when asked to weigh in, said signs of that type aren't the way to go.

"They'll just ignore the signs," Zormier said.

Zormier suggested that police try to increase patrols in the area and that Brebich work with neighbors on the issue, because most of the speeders seem to live in the neighborhood.

"We can't be there every day. We ask those in the neighborhood to use common sense," Zormier said.

Public Works Director John Dubach told Brebich the sign he's requesting isn't approved anywhere in the country.

Snedecor said city officials will work with Brebich to resolve the issue.

"We will look at this. If there's not a speed limit sign, we may need to post it," Snedecor said.

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