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Jonesborough OKs speed tables, drainage pipes

At its Jan. 11 meeting, the Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the installation of five speed tables on South Cherokee Street, hoping the move would reduce speeding and accidents on the road.
Accidents are common occurences at the intersection of South Cherokee and Woodrow Avenue, with motorists coming down the hill too fast and sliding into the guardrail, Town documents stated. Residents of the street also say speeders make it impossible or extremely dangerous to back or pull out of their driveways, according to the report.
One improvement the Town has already made is to put in skid-resistant asphalt, said Mayor Kelly Wolfe.
There have been no accidents on South Cherokee since the special asphalt was put in, said Jonesborough Police Major Matt Rice.
Still, officials decided more measures needed to be taken to reduce accidents.
With the approval of the speed tables, the BMA also approved the option to add more if needed, as well as the installation of an island just north of Green’s Hill subdivision, and the lowering the speed limit on South Cherokee and install signs.
Aldermen Mary Gearhart and Terry Countermine voted to approve, with Alderman Chuck Vest voting against the measure because of the number of speed tables.
He said he thought the number would irritate residents who had to go over the tables often.
“It’s not that hard to take them out if the locals are unhappy,” said Town Administrator Bob Browning.
Also at the meeting, the Town voted to proceed with a plan to improve drainage along McCoy Circle and Louise Lane.
Over the past few months, residents of those two streets have been coming before the BMA to voice concerns about drainage issues.
One main drainage ways for that area come through under Jackson Boulevard across from the car wash near the east entrance of McCoy Circle, and the other comes from under Jackson in front of Jonesborough Elementary School near the west entrance to the circle.
Recent large volumes of rain have brought those concerns to a head, especially with the drainage way that comes from the car wash area. Water from the Lowe’s and McCoy property come down this drainage way.
Because of the rains and the detention pond at Lowe’s (which was inspected and found to have no defects), water held in the pond is let out over a longer period of time.
“While it helps with the front-end volume, the multi-day flow of water after the rains have stopped can be aggravating,” a Town report said.
In the circle, the drainage way passes in front of a number of houses, where water often stands and makes it hard to care for lawns.
After Town officials and engineers examined the property, it was proposed that an 8-inch tile pipe be laid in the drainage way, and two of three 12-inch pipes in the curve under McCoy Circle be replaced with ones of better material.
But to go through with the plan, the Town must get property owners to sign easements to work on private property, an agreement which would hold the Town harmless for any unintended results.
The BMA voted to install two 8-inch pipes after several residents of McCoy Circle and Louise Lane said one pipe would not carry the water away fast enough. The project is contingent on the Town getting approval from all the residents affected.