LaGrange city council passes first reading to modify inner-city speed zones

Published 11:53 am Thursday, March 10, 2022

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The LaGrange City Council passed on first reading to modify the speed limits of several inner-city streets. The modifications of these speed limits are to conform to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s recommendations, as stated in city documents and adjust speed limits where needed based on traffic or population aspects. The modifications are also needed for the LaGrange Police Department’s submission of its annual radar permit list of roads.

The modifications include adjusting speed limits on the suggested streets as little as five to 10 miles an hour.

One modification included completely deleting the entry speed limit for the former Cannon Street School Zone.  Other modifications included adjusting the Hamilton Road S.R. 1 intersection to intersection S.R. 219 on Tom Hall Parkway to 45 miles per hour and adjusting the Hills and Dales Farm Road from 45 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour.

An adjustment was also made to adjust the speed limit on Lukken Industrial Drive East to 45 miles an hour on school days from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., according to city documents. The adjustment was made on the S.R. from a point 680 feet south of Lukken Industrial Drive East to a point 380 feet north of Lukken Industrial Drive East, a distance of 0.26 miles.

In other business at the meeting:

  • The council heard residents’ concerns about the Griggs Center’s pool. The Troup County Parks and Recreation Department oversees the project through the city is a supportive partner in the project. Currently, the pool is currently out of use due to maintenance issues. The renovation of the pool is set for the second phase of the department’s three-phase project. The residents inquired that the city stays updated on the pool’s progress and communicate with the county to ensure the pool’s incorporation in the project.
  • The council allocated $2,360 to assist the LaGrange College Servant Scholars program to add a series of amenities to Calumet Park. Being that the park is public, the group asked the council for its financial assistance and guidance to make the amenities, which includes the addition of fruit trees, a community grill and a walking trail.
  • LaGrange Police Chief Lou Dekmar and Officer Hope Everhart honored citizen John Walker with an official Certificate of Appreciation to recognize his actions at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Feb. 26. According to Dekmar, Walker was seen putting himself in harm’s way to provide aid to another.