Trinity City Council votes to add stop signs

At their last meeting, the Trinity City Council listened to Building Inspector and Code Enforcement specialist, Ken Newton, present a resident’s concern to the council – that vehicles between Lakeview and Calvin Street travel too quickly and are a danger to the neighborhood’s children. The proposed solution was to erect stop signs running North and South on Calvin St. in an attempt to slow the vehicles.

 Newton said that a driver attempting to avoid getting blocked by a train may choose to speed down Calvin St. without being interrupted by stop signs since there aren’t any there.

 “Because they’re speeding, there’s a danger to the children that might get out in the street,” Newton said. “So they’re trying to get the City to help control that traffic a little bit.”

 Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Huffman said the speeding problem is a police issue, and that the council agreeing to put up a stop sign could set a precedent that would result in the city having to put up numerous other signs in Trinity. Remembering his experience as a parent, Huffman also stated that streets are for automobiles, and not for children.

 “Times have changed, the city has changed, people have changed – everything is happening now,” said Councilman Chris Dennis, shortly after Huffman spoke. “I firmly believe that we need another officer, especially at night… I’m quite sure people could stand a nickel or so and wouldn’t mind in taxes for us to get another police officer. [Trinity Police Department Chief] Steve [Jones] is doing a good job, I think. I think we’ve got a good P.D. I just don’t think we’ve got enough P.D.”

 Councilman DeWalt made a motion to erect two stop signs.

 “I have the greatest respect for Mr. Huffman and I agree with what he said, but if tomorrow two of those little children got run over, it would be on my conscience,” DeWalt said.

 Councilman Dennis seconded the motion, and in a 50/50 vote, Mayor Pro-Tem Huffman and Councilman Philip Morrison voted against the motion, while Councilman DeWalt and Councilman Dennis voted in favor of it. To break the tie, Mayor Billy Joe Slaughter voted, ultimately deciding the addition of the two stop signs would be best.

 In other businesses, the council discussed grant-related work.

 The Trinity City Council meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Trinity City Hall.