Grass Valley green lights program for traffic calming |

Grass Valley green lights program for traffic calming

Residents who believe too many drivers drive too fast in their neighborhoods can now get help from the city.

The Grass Valley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to create the city’s first traffic-calming program, which allows people to petition the city to install speed bumps, signals and other traffic controls on their streets.

Under the new rules, city residents must first contact the Department of Public Works and the chief of police for help, then petition neighbors to ask the city to come up with a plan to get motorists to slow down.

Neal Street resident Chauncey Poston said he is very pleased with the plan. So is French Avenue resident Nyla Haddy. “I really appreciate all the work,” she told the City Council.

City officials say speed bumps could be installed on French Avenue, and two streets into and out of the Scotia Pines subdivision off West Main Street may be made into one way streets.

The council also voted 3-2 to hire someone to televise public meetings. Voting against the majority were Mayor Linda Stevens and Councilwoman DeVere Mautino, who said she didn’t want to be televised.

Applications for the job must be submitted by Dec. 2. For information, call 274-4310.

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