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January 23, 2014

Speed limit may increase

FULTON, Ill. — The city of Fulton will consider an ordinance to increase the speed limit on one of its streets.

With a 4-3 vote, the Fulton City Council approved a motion to instruct City Attorney Bill Shirk to create an ordinance increasing the speed limit on Fifth Street from 20 miles per hour to 30.

Alderman Barb Mask raised the question Monday of why this street’s speed limit is 10 miles per hour less than the rest. Shirk said at one point, the council voted to decrease that road’s speed limit.

“It’s kind of a through street now. A lot of people are choosing Fifth Street over Fourth because of the stop signs and the increased parking and traffic,” Mask said. “I’m sure I don’t go 20.”

Interim Fulton Police Chief Dave Bartels said that extra 10 miles could make a big difference in a crash. He added the street has limited parking and more pedestrian traffic.

“A slower speed, if there is a crash, there’s less chance of damage,” Bartels said.

Alderman Randy Boonstra, who seconded Mask’s motion of crafting an ordinance amendment, said there should not be an inconsistency between street speed limits. Alderman Gene Field said vehicles are probably closer to residences on Fifth Street than on Fourth Street.

Field, Margaret Crosthwaite and Dan Nederhoff voted against the change.

Once the ordinance amendment is finished, the council will vote on the issue.

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