May 18, 2006

City Council Delays Sign Removals Until June

In an effort to allow additional public input on the proposed removal of several stop signs throughout the city, the Memphis Board of Aldermen has postponed the start of the project until early June.

Council members have indicated that response on the issue has been very sparse, mostly limited to constituents that are expressing concern about specific stop signs. Opinions have varied, but the bulk of the response has been to keep specific signs that neighbor the individual’s property and to eliminate the others.

“Right now the feedback we are getting isn’t making this an easy decision,” stated Alderman Chris Feeney. “The few people that have spoken with me have said they would be upset if we get rid of their specific stop sign, but then agree that there are many stop signs that serve no purpose and should be removed.”

Mayor Roger Gosney asked the council to consider moving the project schedule back from the May 18th start date to allow a few more weeks of public input.

Alderman Lucas Remley stated the council members need to seek input, noting that the majority of people that favor the transition will not seek out their aldermen to express their opinions.

“When we are out in the community, we all need to ask people what they think of the plan, so we can get a real sense of what the people want,” he stated. “Since we voted to do it, we know that there are going to be folks that will search us out to tell us they disagree. There may be way more people that agree with the idea, if we just ask.”

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