Hobart resident thankful for signs; wants enforcement

2013-08-18T20:30:00Z 2013-08-18T22:06:21Z Hobart resident thankful for signs; wants enforcementDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Resident William Stearns is grateful for the new traffic signs in his neighborhood.

Now he'd like increased patrols in the area near Hobart Middle School.

"The signs look nice, but there's no reason drivers should adhere to them," Stearns said.

Mayor Brian Snedecor told Stearns at last week's Board of Public Works meeting that it's his understanding additional patrols will be added to the area once school starts Wednesday.

"I spoke to the police chief, and he said once school starts he will definitely have extra enforcement in that area to make it safe," Snedecor said.

Stearns, who has three disabled children, initially came to the June 19 Board of Works meeting asking for help controlling speeders near his house in the 300 block of West Eighth Street.

The neighborhood is home to the middle school, City Ball Park and Fred Rose Park.

City officials recently added 20 mph speed limit and handicap signs.

Board member Richard Lain told Stearns he'd love to be able to wave a magic wand and create good drivers throughout the area.

"In my subdivision, we have the same problems," Lain said.

Lain suggested Stearns write down the license plate of offenders until the patrols begin.

Board member Thomas Ehrhardt said, "The No. 1 complaint in any of the neighborhoods throughout Hobart is speeders."

Stearns suggested the city borrow the Lake County sheriff's speed trailer, which flashes the speed of passing motorists.

"We have one, it just needs to be fixed," Snedecor said.

Stearns said he would be happy to be part of a fundraising effort to get the city's speed trailer fixed.

"Let's talk," Snedecor said.

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