Addition adding speed limits


Residents of a housing addition on the north side of Seymour weren’t comfortable with the way people were driving through their neighborhood.

A handful of them shared their concerns with Jackson County Commissioner Bob Gillaspy, and he recently suggested two ordinances be established to help with the problems in the Heideman addition.

The first one establishes a 20 mph speed limit on Heideman Drive, Hillside Drive, Mark Twain Avenue and Roger Drive. Currently, there are no speed limit signs posted on those streets, so it’s enforced as 30 mph.

The second ordinance makes the intersection of Roger Drive and Mark Twain Avenue a four-way stop and the intersection of Heideman and Roger drives a three-way stop. Right now at both intersections, there are only one or two stop signs, so the change would require traffic in all directions to stop.

Commissioners unanimously passed both ordinances.

Once the county highway department puts up the speed limit and stop signs, the ordinances can be enforced.

According to county ordinance, disregarding a stop sign is a $95 fine, and a speeding violation is $75 and up, depending on how much a motorist exceeds the posted speed limit.

Gillaspy said after receiving about five complaints earlier this year from residents about speeding in the housing addition, he and Jackson County Highway Superintendent Jerry Ault went out to evaluate the area.

“I’ve had several complaints on it,” Gillaspy said. “I think it has been going on for several years, but nobody acted on it.”

Gillaspy said he also talked to a couple of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department officers, and they all agreed 20 mph would be an appropriate speed limit.

County attorney Susan Bevers said all other county subdivisions, including one near the Heideman addition, have 20 mph speed limit signs on their streets.

“That’s what the neighbors all want,” Gillaspy said of the Heideman addition.

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