05/20/04 — More stop signs for Fremont

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More stop signs for Fremont

By Jack Stephens
Published in News on May 20, 2004 1:58 PM

FREMONT -- Drivers in residential sections of Fremont may be slowing down more.

Police Chief Ben Reid asked the board to consider requests for four-way stop signs at Vance and Wayne streets, North and Vance streets, and Wayne and Pender streets.

Reid told Tuesday night's monthly town board meeting that several residents had asked for the stop signs.

During the discussion, however, Alderman Leon Mooring asked the board to consider speed bumps at two of the intersections where no traffic collisions had been reported.

Tom Barnes, the retiring town administrator, said he would find out the cost of speed bumps. But he added that the town might have to hold a public hearing to amend its ordinance in order to make the changes.

Reid also announced that he had received a 2004 Ford to replace his car that was wrecked near Fremont. The other driver was charged by the Highway Patrol.

Meanwhile, Brenda Paul, who chairs the annual Daffodil Festival, asked the board for help in scheduling baseball games on the town's fields. She said the youth teams were told that they had to schedule the field only a week in advance. When the teams tried to do that recently, she said they were told that an adult softball tournament had been scheduled.

Town Clerk Dianne Spellman said the reason that teams were asked to schedule only a week at a time was because there were so many teams.

But Alderman Billy Harvey said the Fremont teams deserved priority for playing at the park. Barnes then said the Fremont teams should be allowed to book the park for the summer.

In other business, the town board did the following:

*Granted permanent status with a one-step pay raise to two public works employees, Mack Brown and Chris Sutton.

*Scheduled a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to interview applicants for the town administrator's job.

*Scheduled a budget workshop for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

*Was notified that it will receive a municipal safety award for not having a work-related injury or illness in 2003.