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  1. 1

    Barbara

    Once again Christian Sigman contridicts city staff in communication and engagement with citizens. If that communication and engagement plan they released a couple weeks ago was actually real or followed then there would be no reason to step in and correct the public works director on public input.

    Based on the past and also comments on this site from residents, it seems to me our city manager is not only extremely brash/rude in his personal communications with residents but is also a very ineffective as a manager. We should be looking elsewhere for someone to be in charge of this city. I would love a story on how often the city manager is actually present at city hall during working hours.

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    Eric Robert

    What progress has the city made on having the posted Speed Limit put back to 35 mph? No design should be approved under the current conditions since I can only assume it is being designed for a posted speed limit of 40 which means its being designed to be “idiot proof” or safe at speeds of 50 which then only encourages even more increased speeds.

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    Joseph P Palladi

    What I have heard, the state wide law/policy for speed monitoring requires the speed limit to be posted at the 85 % level of the average running speed. This allows speed detection devices (radar) to be used and it then will be recognized by the courts. If the speed limit is lowered….no enforceable radar.

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    Eric Robert

    Yes I know that is what GDOT claims. But if you read the regulations there is a degree of subjectivity for both sides, GDOT and the local government authority. The 85% test is merely a measure to so that towns that are creating an abusive situation (AKA Speed Traps) can be dealt with. And certainly no one could claim that is what was going on with Ashford Dunwoody. Ashford Dunwoody is a 2 lane road with single family homes and driveways on it in an urban area/inside 285, there are also several schools with activities outside the reduced school zone speed limit times.
    But even assuming the 85% rule is an issue, all Brookhaven needs to do is be better about speed limit enforcement on Ashford Dunwoody and run then do a speed study of the average speed.
    Unbelievably we were told by city officials that they had gone along with it because GDOT claimed the speed on Ashford Dunwoody was always 40 mph and someone put up 35 mph signs. But they have been up for over 20 years! This is a either bureaucratic confusion or perhaps it is a purposeful attempt to get engineering design changes to allow Ashford Dunwoody to become like the tragedy that Johnson Ferry near the Sandy Springs and Cobb border is. I invite everyone to look at that street. The so called park along it is hardly a trade off for what was once a residential and calm tree lined looking street.

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    Joseph P Palladi

    So GDOT is not smart enough to do a speed study? As you contend, Brookhaven is the only community in Georgia that has these conditions? If the signs were up for 20 years, why are motorists going faster? Could motorist consistently go faster?

    I am not arguing but asking questions I feel are pertinent.

  6. 6

    ellen

    They are going faster because they are speeding. Cops not doing their job and slowing people down. This is a residential area. That is it, plain and simple.

  7. 7

    Saul

    I don’t see near the quantity of police in our area that I once did. Do you think BPD is actually understaffed to handle all of the anticipated calls and patrol rounds for our area?

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    Eric Robert

    No problem on the Questions. 1. I don’t know what kind of study GDOT did. I do know if people are driving too fast we should do more speed enforcement and then do a speed study again. 2. The only point of the street being posted at 35 for at least 20 years was in response to Brookhaven’s Chief of Police/then Acting City Manager saying that he was told the 35 mile signs were a mistake the street was always a 40 mph street. BUT motorists are probably going faster because of the Nancy Creek Bridge replacement and the Ash-Dun/Johnson Ferry re designs – as you know people drive at a speed that feels comfortable. Therefore when a street is widened, flattened, straightened or smoothed (new paving) people tend to drive faster. 3. Not sure what you mean by “Could motorists consistently go faster” Bottom line posting Ashford Dunwoody at 40 leads to even more increased speeds.

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    Eric Robert

    For Ashford Dunwoody they can’t do radar guns on much of it due to the line of sight issues and even then the Police Chief also said they can’t give tickets unless people are going in excess of 10 mph over the limit. So basically by posting the street at 40 people can now go 50 or perhaps even faster since its more difficult to for the city to win a speeding ticket with out a radar gun – So for speeding Brookhaven will put police at particular points. Unfortunate, because most people don’t know that, so even if the officer is sitting on the side of Ashford Dunwoody it is going to slow people down, and you can give a ticket and enforce it in Court by observational methods (time between points)

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    Joseph P Palladi

    Going faster because of the Nancy Creek bridge reconstruction and improvements to JFR/ADR common section? No. They are going faster because they underestimated the time it takes to go thru Brookhaven and other areas, 2. They are in “their own” world because they are the only one that matters, 3 .because drivers that do not know where they are going, why they are on the road, 4. using their phone, and texting …5. That they left late for their appointment.
    They are not concentrating on driving and what is going on around them are the simplest reasons.

    As to the roadway alignment needing more curves, That was what CAUTION wanted on Freedom Parkway. The alignment has very little tangent sections, and, at the insistence of CAUTION, spirals (linear transitions from a radius to/from infinity from/ to the radius of the curve) were included in the designed. After the first month of its opening, CAUTION complained that people were going too fast since it drove like a race track! GDOT had explained that a curvilinear alignment would not control speeds, but that is what CAUTION insisted in the design.

    For the record, the use of spirals are usually only used on Interstate type facilities; this is the only surface street that I’m aware of that has spirals in the design!

    So, reducing the speed limit on a sign for a road that is mostly traveled at 40 mph will reduce speeds?

  11. 11

    Heather

    No.

    They go where neighborhood associations pay them to go.

  12. 12

    Heather

    You should move to Pine Hills and get on the bad side of the neighborhood association- not only will the police, patrol, and watch (all armed with guns) obsessively come by- hah!- we recently had someone claiming to be Joe Gebbia come by to request to meet our very large breed dog that the neighborhood cranks say, among other things, is a pitbull on steroids.

    (He’s actually an English mastiff (working breed)- not a pitbull (terrier breed) on steroids but we’ve given up on trying to educate and reason with people.

    You can’t give a dog steroids to turn it into a significantly largely dog and certainly not into a different class of dog- but, yeah, whatever.

    I don’t know if it was actually Joe or not- my husband talked to him and I didn’t see him- but again- whatever..

    I’m pretty sure my house is the safest place in all of Brookhaven. . . well. . . providing you don’t have a huge breed dog standing next to you that is.

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