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City to consider decreasing speed limit near Mead Park

By Brandi Makuski

City officials on Monday will consider reducing the speed limit near Mead Park.

The speed limit on W. Cornell and W. Whitney streets is currently 25 mph, but Councilwoman Mary McComb said she’s heard complaints from residents who feel that speed limit is still too fast for the neighborhood’s close-knit feel, which has narrower streets and fewer sidewalks than other areas of the city.

“West-siders have asked me for help with this issue, and here it is,” McComb posted to her Facebook page on Jan. 9, followed by the draft language for an ordinance that formally reduces the speed limit to 15 mph.

McComb also encouraged her Facebook followers to attend Monday’s board of public works meeting to “urge the committee [sic] to approve this ordinance”.

In a memo to the board, Public Works Director Scott Beduhn said police have verified instances of speeding in the neighborhood, but he did not elaborate.

Mead Park is popular with youth baseball teams and is home to the handicap-accessible KASH Playground. Additional parking space and a covered shelter were added to the park in 2015.

Beduhn said his office has been directed by the council to investigate other options to improve safety near the park, including options for calming traffic.

The board of public works meets at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, in the Community Room of the Stevens Point Police Dept. The public is welcome to attend.