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Claflin speeding concern discussed
Signage, school zone designation considered

CLAFLIN — City council members met briefly Monday night with a short agenda that included a discussion about participation in an imaging project with the Barton County Mapping Office and reports of speeding by the high school.
Police Chief Gary Vaughan reported he has been monitoring speeding issues on 9th Street, the approach to Central Plains High School. Buses that transport students to other USD 112 wait for students there in the morning between 7:30 - 8:10 a.m. After bus drivers and nearby residents called in speeding complaints, Vaughan has been periodically monitoring speeds along that route. He’s seen students and parents bringing students to the bus travelling up to 36 mph down that residential street. Two suggestions are to either designate a school zone or to post a 20 mph speed limit sign there. The issue has been placed on the December agenda.
Vaughan also reported the Barton County Attorney’s office has approved two Tasers for the Claflin Police Department. These will be paid for out of the diversion program.
Members determined more information would need to be gathered about the mapping project, and further discussion was tabled until the December meeting. The anticipated cost to the city is approximately $2,300, and would provide the city with enhanced date for determining property lines, among other things. City Council member Doug Hubbard agreed to visit with Barton County Cartographer B.J. Wooding the next day to learn more about the project.
During Council Member comments, members briefly discussed newly elected council members and the need to get name plates ordered.
Hubbard commented he has noticed curbing needs to be replaced at 402 2nd, and asked that the owner be contacted. Vaughan said he would look into the matter.