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Town OKs local traffic only signs in alleys

December 07, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - People driving through Sharpsburg's alleys to get through town during rush hours will have to find another detour.

Town Council members voted 6-0 Monday night to have signs stating access is limited to local traffic placed at every alley entrance.

The issue arose at the monthly mayor and council meeting when resident Ernie Wetterer said a woman was almost run over as someone sped through an alley at what seemed to be approximately 100 mph.

Council members Marjorie Jamison and J.W. Eichelberger said traffic in alleys can be a problem at certain times.

Eichelberger and Councilman Russ Weaver said they can't let their children play in the alleys.

Eichelberger, who is a Maryland State Police trooper, suggested signs designating the alleys for local traffic only. The town's resident deputy through the Washington County Sheriff's Department could enforce the policy, he said.

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Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said another solution could be limiting alley traffic to one direction, but Eichelberger didn't want to inhibit residents.

Wagaman said he would check on the appropriate wording for the signs.

Councilwoman Patti Hammond said the council might consider having speed bumps installed every time an alley is repaired.

Mayor Hal Spielman inquired as to whether the council wanted him to find out how much the signs would cost before he ordered them, but he was told to go ahead and get the signs.

Spielman did not know how much the signs would cost. Town officials estimated approximately 20 or more signs would be needed.

The town recently had five new stop signs put up to replace faded ones. They cost $37.50 each, Spielman said.

Town officials also said they would ask the resident deputy to see what he could do after an East Main Street resident complained about loud, speeding traffic on the road through town.

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