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Frye to serve as Bloomfield Town Council president

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Doug Frye was elected president of the Bloomfield Town Council Wednesday night for 2013.

Frye, who is in the second year of his first term on the council, will be replacing Eric Harrah as the council president.

A Bloomfield resident 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.

"I have a great-granddaughter who comes to visit me. She is fast as lightning. I don't want to see the town get sued for a child getting hurt or killed," Sewell said.

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.

"You cannot put a traffic control device in to slow the speeds down," Tharp explained, noting he was unsure if the speed bump was included in the statute.

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.

In other business, Tharp informed the council there is still an increase of traffic flow on US 231 from the Interstate 69 interchange, but there had been few issues with excessive speeds.

The council voted to seek bids for the 2004 Ford Explorer, formerly used by the police department. Tharp was instructed to do research and set a minimum bid for the vehicle.

The council also voted to purchase four portable radios at the price of $742 each and four emergency microphones at the price of $82 each for the Bloomfield Police Department.

Tharp informed the council when the radios were rebanded recently several of the radios were not compatible with the system.

"When we did the rebanding, we lost 40 percent of our radio power ... This is a safety hazard for us," Tharp stressed.

He added the department would soon be in need of car radios as well, but said the portable radios were used most often.

The Bloomfield Unsafe Building Ordinance was updated at the meeting, which implemented a Building Commissioner.

Dave Reed was hired by the council to serve as the Building Commissioner with the pay of $750 quarterly. The ordinance will allow Reed to inspect the buildings and the council to hold an Unsafe Building Hearing to determine the future of the building.

"Until this (ordinance), we didn't have the authority to do anything (to unsafe buildings)," Frye noted.

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Congrats to Doug Frye, went to bloomfield high school with him His sister Linda and I used to hang out and went to school and graduated with the class of 1965, and they are a distant relative. I wish him great sucess.

-- Posted by ivfaambell@gmail.com on Wed, Jan 2, 2013, at 11:53 PM

Obviously Tharp does not go to Bloomington. There is speed bumps in a lots of residential areas. I'm sure if it was against statute then they would had never happened there. What happens when one of the motorcycles wrecks on one of these speed bumps. They may not be speeding either.

-- Posted by citizen474 on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:28 AM

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