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Speed limit lowered, S. Pine St. residential developments still uncertain

Sep 06, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


NEW LONDON — New London City Council is holding a special workshop meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 12, to begin finalizing the details surrounding infrastructure on the S. Pine St. residential developments.

During the City Council meeting on Sept. 5, the board discussed taking the land and making a tax increment financing (TIF) district, a public financing method used as a subsidy for redevelopment and infrastructure. This would be beneficial if the board decides another road should run adjacent to S. Pine St. The reason for constructing a new road would be so driveways would face the yet to be named pathway.

A decision has yet to be agreed upon regarding whether a sidewalk should be constructed before the housing development is built along S. Pine St. to the Dollar General Store. The board is considering whether a sidewalk will be along S. Pine St. or behind the houses off the main road.

“We need as much input as possible to do the best thing moving forward,” board member Kirk Miller said.

Board member Tom Davis said that he privately had an excavator look over sidewalk plans. He said it could be built from Adams St. to the Dollar General Store for $85,000.

“I think it’s a safety issue,” Davis said. “I think we need to get this done right away, not in five years (when the subdivision is built),” he said, adding that he wasn’t going to change his mind.

The board approved a motion to lower the speed limit on S. Pine St. from 45 mph to 25 mph. Surveyor for the residential developments project Matt Walker suggested that having driveways that face S. Pine St. might encourage drivers to adhere to the new slower speed limit.

A temporary stop sign will be placed at the intersection of Division and Wilson St. weekday mornings for the safety of students at the request of District Superintendent Chad Wahls.

The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. at city offices.

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