In its regular meeting Monday, the Paintsville City Council discussed possible actions to abate speeding downtown.

Council members Roger “Bo” Belcher and Sarah Kimbler raised the issue of speeding on Second Street, despite residences and city schools near the road. 

Kimbler said an additional speed limit sign has been added, but the problem continues.

“People are not reading, or they just don’t care,” Kimbler said. “There are kids, all over Second Street, all over Main Street too, there’s apartments, and Third Street. Please don’t kill my kids. It’s a big deal, it’s scary, it’s frustrating.”

The council discussed, at the very least, the need for additional school zone signage.

“Here’s what I think. We need to do two things: Go through the state, to have that put up, and then also, throw a speed bump in,” Mayor Bill Mike Runyon said.

Council member Sara Blair raised the possibility of a speed table, a much longer traffic device that forces vehicles to slow without being as jarring as traditional speed bumps. 

“You still have to slow down,” Blair said. “You need to drive like your child lives on that street. Everybody should.”

Runyon said the city will begin research into all alternatives for the problem.

The council also voted to accept municipal road aid and declare several older vehicles as surplus.

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