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City gives initial OK to lower speed limit to 20 mph
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Post Road has received considerable attention since a resident recently requested a stop sign there. City officials have voted on first read to lower the speed limit to 20 mph.

Motorists with a need for speed should begin avoiding Post Road. 

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a measure to reduce the speed limit on Post Road from 30 mph to 20, another step in the city’s ongoing effort to slow motorists and protect pedestrians. The ordinance requires one more passing read before the board. 

“Are there plans to enforce this rigorously?” asked Vice Mayor Everett Brock. 

“We will enforce it,” said McMinnville Police Chief Nichole Mosley. 

Mosley expressed her opinion that 25 mph would be more appropriate. 

“I tried to drive it at 20 mph,” she said. “I think 25 would be fine. If the decision is to make it 20, that’s fine. We will enforce it.”

Brock replied, “I don’t want to do this and then just walk away from it.”

Strict enforcement of the speed limit would require citations for everyone traveling in excess of 20 mph. 

Mosley stated her intent to begin a timeframe of education regarding the new speed limit, followed by enforcement. Not strictly. 

“When it first gets changed, we will give motorists more of an education. We don’t want to start popping people with tickets right off the bat. We want to educate everyone first. If someone is going one to two miles over, it doesn’t make sense to write a ticket,” said Mosley.  

City officials expressed a desire to construct a sidewalk along Post Road for pedestrians. However, that discussion is in its initial stages.