"Yes" to charter, speed limits, and horns - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/16/09

"Yes" to charter, speed limits, and horns

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council had a full meeting on Wednesday that ranged from a decision that could change the laws that have governed the city for 92 years to speed limit changes within the City of Lubbock.

The City Charter is the basic outline of the City's government, and the City Council voted unanimously to amend it by approving the creation of a seven member committee to discuss the matter.

The group will not have a time limit, but may have recommendations in time for the May 2010 election. If changes are recommended, they must be made by March 8th to be put on the ballot. The charter can only be amended by public vote once every two years.

Council members also approved a resolution to begin designing the Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Holly Plaza that will be located at 19th and Avenue G. Council says that right now, there is not enough funding to move the Buddy Holly statue and West Texas Walk of Fame to the location. The goal is to start construction by March 31st, 2010.

Council members also approved the purchase of wayside horns in the Guadalupe neighborhood, after the residents demanded less noise from the trains. Wayside horns are horns at train crossings that are just as loud as train horns, but only stationed at the crossings. This will make less noise for the rest of the neighborhood.

Speed limits will now change along three major stretches of highway.

TxDOT studied possible changes along 4th Street between Quincy Avenue and Research Boulevard in west Lubbock. Along some portions TxDOT wants to increase speed limits by 5 miles per hour. Along other stretches, TxDOT recommends slowing down 5 miles per hour.

It's the same thing along Inler Avenue; some areas of increase and some areas of decrease. TxDOT wants to set speed limits along Marsha Sharp Freeway's main lanes from Avenue Q to West Loop 289. They would be set to 60 miles per hour.

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