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Last updated on Friday, January 4, 2013
(BLOOMFIELD) - Doug Frye was elected president of the Bloomfield Town Council.
The Greene County Daily World reports, Frye, who is in the second year of his first term on the council, will be replacing Eric Harrah as the council president.
As president Frye's first complaint came from a Bloomfield resident who brought a petition with 59 signatures before the Bloomfield Town Council to put a speed bump on Lincoln Drive.
Merle Sewell, who lives on Lincoln Drive in Bloomfield, said there had been two speed bumps on the road in the 1980s, but when the roads were repaired the speed bumps were not replaced.
Sewell said the road has a steep hill that motorists are frequently speeding over, and he fears for the children in the neighborhood - including his great-granddaughter.
Sewell also requested increased police presence in the area and tickets being given to the violators of the 20 mile per hour speed zone.
Bloomfield Town Marshal Kenny Tharp said state statute could pose an issue for enforcing the speeding problem in the area.
He added while the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour, state statute shows the speed limit is 30 miles per hour. Tharp said the police department does not give tickets until speeds exceed the limit by 8 to 10 miles per hour.
Tharp said if a speeding ticket was contested based on the 20 mile per hour limit it would be thrown out of court because of the state statute.
Frye suggested the Bloomfield Police Department have a more frequent presence in the morning and afternoon hours to deter speeding in the area.
The council also instructed Town Attorney Luke Rudisill to look more closely at the state statute to see if the speed bump is deemed a traffic control device.
Frye added he would discuss the traffic issue with the police department, street department and bus drivers to get more opinions.
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