Hobart posts warning signs near middle school after resident's complaint

2013-07-29T18:45:00Z 2013-08-09T15:45:05Z Hobart posts warning signs near middle school after resident's complaintDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) nwitimes.com

HOBART | Signs designating a school zone and lower speed limit will be added this week near Hobart Middle School.

The move follows a request by William Stearns, who has  three disabled children living in his house in the 300 block of West 8th Street.

"We want to work with area residents and to do everything to make it a safe area," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

Stearns came to the Board of Works meeting June 19 to ask for help.

He suggested city officials place in the neighborhood a portable sign that registers the speed of passing vehicles. The neighborhood is home to the middle school, City Ball Park and Fred Rose Park.

"If police wrote a half dozen tickets, it would send a message not to go speeding by," Stearns said

The new signs will be placed on both sides of Hobart Middle School, 36 E. 8th St.

The additional signs will include Slow School Zone warnings and those with the 20 mph speed limit posted, Snedecor said.

The Board of Works agreed to increase police patrols and to revisit the posting of additional speed signs.

Stearns told the board the existing speed signs aren't always visible and sometimes are ignored.

Stearns said the traffic situation is so bad his stepson's school aide will walk in front of him to protect him as he gets off his school bus.

Stearns said he plans to attend the Aug. 7 Board of Works meeting to give an update and continue to ask the city to post handicapped signs.

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