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MINSTER — Minster village council discussed at its meeting Tuesday night a recent speed study that was conducted in the village. 

The study was conducted in the alley that runs by the post office.

One study ran from July 29 to Aug. 2 and another ran from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. 

The first study analyzed 264 cars that went through the intersection with the fastest speed recorded being 21 mph and the average speed coming in at 12 mph. 

The second study analyzed 208 cars that went through, with 25 mph being the fastest speed, the slowest being 7 mph and the average speed being 14 mph. 

The posted speed limit in the alley is 15 mph. 

Councilor Craig Sherman informed council that he spoke with three residents who live in the alley and they want a speed bump put in to slow down traffic, citing safety concerns.

The village had purchased a removable speed bump to go in that alley but because the post office has since move the drop-off mailbox that was in the alley, they conducted another speed study and found that traffic through the area had gone down.

“They said that the village purchased a speed bump and believed that it was going to be installed,” said Sherman. “They can’t understand why it wouldn’t be installed. They were very adamant that their children were in danger of getting hit. I think one of the residents even put a fence up because he was worried about getting hit.”

Village Administrator Don Harrod said the intent was to put the speed bump in but the study showed that the speeding wasn’t as bad as previously thought. 

Sherman asked what the harm was in implementing the speed bump with Harrod saying that the only real issue was snow removal. 

“I don’t see the problem of trying it. At least it’s an effort by the village to address a safety issue,” said Sherman. 

Councilor Nicole Clune said that the data backs up the reason for not putting in a speed bump.

“It’s dependent on what people perceive as a safety issue. In this study, they have 100 cars per day going down the street on average and 85% of the vehicles are going 18 mph. That’s pretty good, right?” she said. “That’s probably relatively tame compared to a lot of our other alleys in town. If you have all these other alleys and everybody wants a speed study … then we’re going to be putting these speed bumps on every alley in town. This alley should be considered just like a street. You don’t want your children running out into the street.”

Harrod said that each speed bump costs $600-700 and that cost wasn’t an issue for one, but it would add up if the village began putting speed bumps in all over the village.

Council ultimately agreed that the data wasn’t sufficient enough to put in a speed bump in the alley.

“If that’s a decision council made and it’s based on data, I’m OK with that,” said Sherman. 

“We don’t just do it on feeling.”

Sherman said he would share the data with the concerned residents.

For the full story and more, pick up a copy of the Oct. 12 edition of The Community Post.

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