2019-01-11 / News

South Kilbourne discusses speeding

The South Kilbourne Neighborhood Association held its monthly meeting Thursday, January 3.

Speeding was a topic of much discussion at the meeting as many residents complained about drivers on their streets from South Kilbourne Road to Suber Street to Chevis Street and then to Timberlane Drive.

Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah said in order to add some traffic calming measures a request must first be made to David Brewer, the traffic engineer with the City of Columbia. Brewer will conduct a traffic study, which will take three to six months, to determine which course of action needs to be taken.

Brewer could then recommend such things as speed humps, four-way stop signs, or a traffic signal to Columbia City Council for a final vote. Baddourah said in most situations council will vote with what the neighborhood wants. He also said council will communicate with the neighbors most affected by any change before moving forward.

A lower speed limit is also an option South Kilbourne leaders want to explore, after city council approved a 25-mile per hour speed limit throughout Shandon last year.

Columbia police officer Mason Frier will continue to monitor the speeding throughout the neighborhood and hand out tickets as needed.

Neighborhood association president Michele Huggins said she will look at getting a survey posted on the Rosewood and South Kilbourne Facebook groups to get more feedback from the residents.

One road that is unlikely to receive any change is South Kilbourne because it is called a farm-to-market road, a state or county road connecting rural or agricultural areas to market towns.

Another issue in the neighborhood is the proposed cell phone tower along Rosewood Drive. Huggins said Jonathan Yates with the law-firm of Hellman, Yates and Tisdale will be presenting the proposal to the Board of Zoning Appeals February 12. Baddourah does not believe BOZA will be able to deny the proposal. After speaking to some of the residents in the neighborhood, Baddourah believes the cell phone tower is needed. He says he has consistently heard complaints about calls being dropped. He also cited an issue with the cell signal during the flood in 2015.

If the proposal is denied, Baddourah believes it will have to be up to city council. Huggins said there are a significant amount of people in the neighborhood opposed to the cellphone tower. Frier announced burglaries are on a slight increase. He is also concerned about an increase in auto break-ins in Shandon because the pattern has been that eventually it will move into the Rosewood area.

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