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Town Approves More Traffic-Calming Measures

The Vienna Town Council decided Monday to approve traffic-calming measures for Patrick Street Southwest. The street will receive two modified speed humps to slow down traffic.

Residents of Patrick Street had signed a petition asking the Council to consider placing speed humps on their street sooner rather than later. The original idea was to wait and see how the newer modified speed humps on Moore Avenue would affect traffic. The Traffic Safety Commission endorses the modified speed humps, which have a wider area. However, because the modified humps cover more area, they also cost twice as much as the standard speed hump.

Patrick Street residents wanted the speed humps because they were concerned about speeding along their road. They also said that many drivers don’t stop for the four-way stop sign.

"It’s almost like the word ‘stop’ has no meaning anymore," said Patrick Street resident Donald Hattier, who’s lived in the neighborhood since 1966. "The need is there, immediately, as opposed to sometime in the future."

Council members Michael Polychrones, Edythe Kelleher, Albert Boudreau and Vincent Olson voted for the two modified speed humps, while Council members Laurie Cole, Maud Robinson and Vienna mayor Jane Seeman voted for two regular speed humps.

During the evening, the Council also recognized Planning and Zoning director Gregory Hembree and the Planning Commission for their work for the town. Mayor Seeman dedicated Nov. 8 as Community and Regional Planning Day for the Town of Vienna.

The Council took the following actions unanimously:

*The Council approved the purchase of advertisements announcing the end of the construction for the Maple Avenue Enhancement Project and welcoming people back to Vienna businesses;

*The Council approved Change Order 3, Contract IFB 02-05, Phase 3 Maple Avenue Enhancement Project, to extend Verizon conduits to Follin Lane;

*The Council approved Change Order 4, Contract IFP 02-05, Phase 3 Maple Avenue Enhancement Project, to remove and replace unsuitable material, drop 6-inch waterline and drop 8-inch waterline;

*The Council extended the purchase of water meters to a sole-source supplier, Invensys;

*The Council set Monday, Nov. 18, as a closed session to discuss personnel and real estate matters.