Speed change sought

A group of Santa residents want the speed limit entering the town to be reduced to 25 miles per hour. The county will ask the state to make the change at Fernwood and Emida as well. 

The county will seek to lower the speed limits entering Santa, Fernwood and Emida.

The commissioners took the action after hearing concerns about speeding vehicles from six residents of the Santa area.

Jaime Stanley addressed the commissioners about the speed limit at the board’s meeting, Monday.

“We want to see if we can get control of the speeding through Santa,” Ms. Stanley said.

The posted limit entering the town is 35 but the residents said most motorists exceed the limited. They asked that the commissioners help them get the limit lowered to 25.

The residents said speeding traffic, which includes an abundance of heavy truck traffic, is a safety issue. Area children often cross the highway to get to the river and the speeding traffic poses a real danger, they said.

The group found an ally in Commissioner Bob Short, who lives in Emida.

“They are going through these towns closer to 50 mph,” Mr. Short said.

Sheriff Dave Resser echoed the concern and asked that the county expand the new lower speed limited to Fernwood and Emida.

“If you could do all three towns it would be fantastic,” he said.

Ms. Stanley also asked the commissioners if they could provide signage reminding truckers not to use jake brakes as they enter Santa. They said the noise from the trucks happens throughout the day but is especially disruptive early in the morning.

The commissioners said they would contact the state immediately and ask for the changes to be made.

Doug Whipple, Cole Bock, Michael McDaniel, Gail Resser and Debra Moorhead attended the meeting with Ms. Stanley.

In other business:

The commissioners agreed to study adding a dumping fee at the transfer station for large haulers.

Commissioner Phil Lampert cited an example of someone who demolished a house then hauled the debris to the transfer where they dumped it at no charge. He suggested the county buy scales to charge commercial haulers for dumping heavy loads.

Both Commissioners Bob Short and Jack Buell agreed.

“If they charge us over in Montana to dump (landfill where county garbage is hauled) then we should be getting something from people who dump here,” Mr. Short said.

The commissioners agreed to review how Boundary and Shoshone counties assess fees before taking action.

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