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Bloomfield police slow traffic on dangerous street

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Bloomfield Town Council learned efforts to slow traffic on Lincoln Drive have proved successful.

Merle Sewell came before the council in January to see if the town would consider replacing the speed bump that had once been near his residence because of the fear of children getting hit in the street.

The steep hill and speeding cars creating a danger zone, according to Sewell.

Tim Sewell, son of Merle Sewell, was present at the February meeting to see where the plans stood.

Bloomfield Town Marshal Kenneth Tharp explained his police officers had been patrolling the area and has sought the help of the Bloomfield First Baptist Church, located on Lincoln Drive.

"The average speed through there now is 22 to 28 miles per hour ... I would like to ask you guys (the council) to put up a 'Children at Play' sign on both sides because there are kids all down that road," Tharp suggested.

As a result of the increased patrol to the area, there have been two speeding tickets written.

Council president Doug Frye and attorney Luke Rudisell stressed for there to be a speed bump put in place there would have to be signs put in place, lines painted on the road and possibly call in an engineer.

Tharp said he spoke with Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews this week to get an update on the school zone changes.

Tharp said the 25 mile per hour school zone will begin at the west edge of town and extend to the crosswalk at Dairy Queen. There may also be a crosswalk put in at Huck's Convenience Store.

Bloomfield Fire Chief Lee Baker said the department would be seeking bids to replace their 1969-style fire extinguishers because they had become obsolete.

The council voted to amend the name of the police department's Standard Operating Procedures to be called the Standard Operating Guidelines.

Tharp said discussion among other law enforcement agencies showed a possible issue if a case were brought to court and the police even slightly deviated from the procedures.

Per the request of Frye, the council voted to move forward with plans to start looking for grants and seeking engineers to start on a plan to open a Community Building.

Frye said he attended the Apple Festival Committee meeting this week, and was informed some electrical issues needed to be addressed by an electrician.

Council member Dave Harding agreed it was a good idea to start fixing the issues soon.

"It'd be nice to get that worked out in spring, early summer, before the Apple Festival comes around," Harding said.

Frye added the committee is seeking members of the community to be a part of the annual planning process.

The council members told Tharp to set up a time for them to meet with representatives to learn more about the Spillman Dispatch software.

The council plans on having a special session to discuss the program, and learn more about how the Bloomfield Police Department would be connecting with other local agencies to work more efficiently.

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They had plenty of members before the last two meetings. When you have an excellent committee you shouldn't be so judge mental.

-- Posted by wjgrad on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 8:15 PM

WJ Grad -totally agree with your comment from a former committee member-TSmith

-- Posted by so1941 on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 9:01 PM

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