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03.10.07 -- REPORT: Stop signs not pretty enough for McIntosh

By CHER PHILLIPS

Councilman Lee Deaderick brought guidelines from the Florida Department of Transportation regarding their standards for sight-lines around corners.

Over the past year, this issue has come before the council twice.

Last May, Fred Del Russo complained to the council because he said that the town's former code enforcement officer wanted his Crepe Mertles removed because they interfered with the 50-foot sight-line rule.

The later, another case involving the sight-line finally came before the code enforcement board in January dealing with a stone wall the Smith-Henderson's built around their home on U.S. Highway 441.

The case brought to light that McIntosh's 50-foot sight-line rule in the land development code was hard, if not impossible to apply in a town where the speed limit is 20 mph and roads were built with hundred-year-old live oaks in the center of them.

The 50-foot rule says that one should be able to see 50 feet in one direction or the other at an intersection, but the contention fell when no one was really sure where those 50 feet should start or end.

The code enforcement board asked the council to look into it. The council sent the issue to the LPA. The LPA shot the issue back to the council.

Last month, Deaderick said he'd research this and brought a report from the DOT for the LPA to use in clearing up the confusion over how the 50-foot sight-line rule in the code should be applied.

His findings: the DOT doesn't even have sight-line rules for roads with speed limits under 20 mph.

Check out the report from the DOT


Deaderick said that since residents have voiced complaints to him about speeding in town, especially around the park, Deaderick suggested the town purchase stop signs and install four-way stops around the four corners of Van Ness Park, where children play.

This suggestion was shot down by residents Thursday night, primarily for one reason: Stop signs are ugly, resident June Glass said.

The report was filed with the clerk for the LPA and the issue was tabled.

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