Heflin council discusses reducing speed limit on Campbell Street
March 7, 2017
By Kirsten Fiscus
The Anniston Star

The City Council will consider an ordinance lowering the speed limit on Campbell Street from 30 mph to 20 after residents expressed concerns to city officials that the limit was too high.

Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said during a work session Tuesday that officers increased their patrol presence on the residential road in the last week following the complaints.

“It’s real curvy down through there and the problem is when you meet with the curves if you actually do the speed limit, or a little less, it’s still dangerous,” Benefield said. “Some of the citizens have asked us to bring it to you all and ask it be dropped.”

Mayor Rudy Rooks noted that to his knowledge this was the first complaint regarding the speed limit on Campbell Street brought before the council.

“If we’ve had complaints, it needs to be looked at,” Rooks said.
Benefield supported the speed limit change.

“I think for public safety it’s a good idea,” the chief said. “We’re not going to be there day one writing tickets. We’ll be lenient until everyone learns the new speed limit.”

The council will review the ordinance lowering the speed limit at a meeting next week, Rooks said.

The council also discussed updates for a bridge replacement on the same road.

“This has been a long project,” City Clerk Shane Smith explained. In 2013, Cleburne County received funding from state and federal grants to replace several bridges including one on Campbell Street. The state had scheduled the project to go to bids in December but that was also delayed.

Recently, Smith reported to the council on Tuesday, it’s been a challenge to locate deeds for the right-of-way on Campbell Street.

“That street is one of the oldest in Heflin so we’re having issues finding the deeds,” Smith said.

Smith noted, however, that a design proposal is complete for the bridge but that there is no set timeline for the project. Rooks said they’d hoped to start the project over the summer.

“We’re trying to time it so it will be less of an inconvenience for people,” Rooks said. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to pull that off. We may be looking at another year out.”

In other business, the council:
—  Discussed a potential name change for Old Edwardsville Road but did not discuss alternative names.
— Heard from Rooks that a grapple truck should be delivered to the city by March 17, allowing for paving work to begin on Almon Street.
—  Smith reported that an Irish-themed event, St. Patty’s on Main, scheduled for March 18, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
— Heard that the city’s new website should be up and running by April.