Pegram Mayor Charles Morehead said the city engineer Brad Bevins has recommended the use of speed humps instead of speed bumps to address the issues with speeding and reckless driving on Station Road and Riverview Road at the Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting last week.
Morehead said that speed humps were recommended because they are designed to get traffic down to 25-35 mph with less chances of bottoming out. That is more likely with speed bumps, which can cause damage to cars.
“We should have the speed humps on Riverview from Thompson Road to Station Drive and on Station Drive from Thompson Road to Riverview,” Morehead said. “If it works, it works. If it don’t, we tried.”
Three sets of speed humps on Riverview Road, including one at the top of the hill, and two sets on Station Drive are planned. Morehead said that signage is needed to make drivers aware of the speed humps, which would be used in conjunction with stop signs to slow down traffic.
Morehead said that the cost for the speed humps is estimated at $6,000. He said that warning stripes would be needed as well.
The board voted to spend a maximum of $10,000 for the project.
Vice mayor Bill Herbert congratulated city recorder Jami Mrzena and the mayor and the board members for the high marks achieves on the 2018 financial report card.
“Expenses were under budget, revenues exceeded budget, and the fire department was right on with employment,” Herbert said. “Expenses for the year were under budget and general funds were $372,000 under budget.”
Herbert added that both street repairs and improvements and sewer projects were under budget, and that $740,000 was available for discretionary spending.
Morehead said that he hoped the town would have a major paving contract in the coming year.
Pegram Fire Chief Brent Stuart announced that the fire department’s annual four-hour Fill the Boot drive which was held on July 6 collected $4,943 that will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
He also announced the Pegram VFD would be at Pegram Park on Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 11:00 for the school supplies giveaway event that benefits students in south Cheatham.
He also announced that the “fire tax” would fund department employee costs and no longer come out of the general fund of county department services.
The board also unanimously approved to accept the certified tax rate of .4839, which is down from .65
The next meeting of the Pegram Board of Mayor And Aldermen will take place on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.