Jemison tries to ease truck problems

Published 10:48 pm Monday, November 15, 2010

The Jemison City Council on Monday passed ordinances to combat nuisances caused by large trucks traveling through town.

Responding to a concerned resident’s petition earlier in a regular council meeting at Jemison Municipal Complex, the council banned the use of “Jake brakes” inside city limits and reduced the speed limit to 25 miles per hour on the stretch of County Road 42 from Highway 191 to County Road 38, a portion of road that sees heavy truck traffic.

“We’re going to enforce it,” Mayor Eddie Reed said of the new restrictions.
The fine for using compression release engine brakes will be between $25 and $250.

Jemison Police Chief Shane Fulmer said signs warning against use of the brakes and of the new speed limit would be posted clearly to give motorists plenty of notice.

With another traffic related ordinance, the council renamed three roads in the Oak Grove community.

County Road 138 is now Cobb Drive, County Road 560 is Garrett Lane and County Road 141 is Gentry Street.

The changes came at the request of an Oak Grove resident, who was asked to consult neighbors.

In other business, the council:

•Accepted a bid of $350 for a surplus GMC truck.

•Received an invitation from the Rev. George Brown, Scout Master of Pack and Troop 773, based in Jemison, to attend the Boy Scouts group’s annual honors and awards banquet on Saturday at the Municipal Complex auditorium.