Reluctant to make a drastic change, Town Board reduces speed on unposted rural road to 45 mph
The Saukville Town Board has agreed to reduce the speed limit on the south end of Blue Goose Road, but not as low as one resident had hoped.
Blue Goose Road resident Becky Fisher led a petition campaign asking that the speed limit on the stretch of road be reduced from the unposted limit of 55 mph to 35 mph.
Fisher’s efforts involved several neighborhood surveys and repeated appearances before the Town Board.
At her initial appearance, she noted that the 1.4-mile stretch of road south of Highway 33 is frequently used by walkers and even horseback riders. Skid marks on the pavement bear witness to the fact that vehicles often travel too fast on the route.
During her campaign, Fisher noted that the speed limit on the north end of Blue Goose Road, north of Highway 33, is 35 mph.
According to her latest tally, Fisher said, 75% of the neighbors she contacted supported a reduced speed limit on the south end, as well.
Fisher said 13 residents favored reducing the speed limit to 35 mph, one to 40 mph and one to 45 mph. In addition, she said, three residents wanted the speed limit unchanged.
In a letter to the neighbors who responded to the survey, Fisher said, “I appreciate having neighbors that care and speak out about their community.”
Town officials, too, said they appreciated the interest residents showed in the speed limit issue, but were reluctant to support a drastic change.
“We’ve beaten this issue pretty much to death now we have to deal with it,” said Town Chairman Don Hamm.
“I don’t think we can go down to 35 mph. That’s a little too slow.”
In addition, Hamm noted the process of reducing the speed limit by 20 mph is considerably more involved than a simple 10 mph change.
Supr. Mike Denzien said reducing the speed limit to 45 mph seemed like a reasonable compromise.
That motion was unanimously approved by the board.
After the vote, Fisher seemed satisfied with the solution.
“I just want people to slow down,” she said.
The process of officially changing the speed limit may take a little longer, because town officials noted they won’t be able to put up new speed limit signs until the frost comes out of the ground.