Chapel Hill details accident numbers

Friday, January 19, 2018

Traffic in Chapel Hill could be slowing down in the future.

Police Chief Andrew Kon presented data and charts to the aldermen supporting lowering speed limits in the town of Chapel Hill at their monthly meeting.

Kon reported 82 accidents in the town in 2017, an increase of 12 from 2016.

Not counting the 22 that happened in parking lots, 42 of the remaining 60 accidents happened between the intersection of Depot Street and Nashville Highway and Highway 99 to the south.

“We’ve put all these businesses in that area over the last few years,” said Kon, “and the speed limits have never changed.”

Kon said that a uniform speed limit of 30 mph made more sense, and he’d also like to gradually slow traffic coming into town along Highway 99 and Eagleville Pike before it entered built up areas.

“The speeds through here are faster than you’d ever expect,” said Kon of drivers in the town.

Kon said that a four-way stop at Depot Street and Emmons Street was justified, based on the traffic.

Aldermen also discussed the idea of budgeting for a stop light in a future capital budget for a possible installation at Nashville Highway and Highway 270 in the future.

Aldermen approved unanimously a change order required

A rezoning proposal for a property on 409 N. Horton Parkway was tabled until the next meeting.

Aldermen wanted more information about a proposal to establish a new mixed use zoning category that would give the Planning Commission more flexibility beyond the residential or commercial options currently available.

Also on the agenda for next month is a request from the Marshall County Election Office to ease the process for non-resident property owners in Chapel Hill to vote.

The town’s charter allows non-residents to vote in town elections but under the current system, they have to vote at their normal polling place and then travel to a Chapel Hill polling site to vote there.

The proposal is to mail the few dozen people effected a mail-in ballot for Chapel Hill elections, saving them a trip and poll workers the job of resetting voting machines to allow the non-residents to vote.

“It will be more convenient for us and for the voters,” said Election Administrator Andrew Robertson. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”