Cumberland Town Council legalizes stop signs

Cumberland Town Council legalizes stop signs

CUMBERLAND – Nearly 200 stop signs placed over the decades without proper legal backing now have some teeth behind them, after the Cumberland Town Council last week passed an ordinance establishing legal backing. The signs are now legally enforceable by the Police Department.

Traffic Officer Stephen Bannister put “an incredible amount of work into” tracking down all of the signs without legal backing, said Councilor Scott Schmitt, head of the council’s ordinance subcommittee.

Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah King said she wanted to note that every illegal stop sign found by Bannister is staying and no one is losing a sign from their neighborhood as part of this process.

“Everyone who has one now will have one once this is done,” she said.

King also said that town employees are continuing their work replacing the unenforceable 15 mph speed signs in neighborhoods with 25 mph signs.

Councilors suggested that tickets have at times had to be reversed because a particular stop sign wasn’t enforceable.

A listing from the town shows about 130 stop sign locations that will now be legally enforceable after last week’s council vote. They include: Alan Avenue eastbound at Amherst Street; Alaska Street northbound at Bear Hill Road; America Street both directions at Louise Avenue; Ann Street both directions at Goddard Street, Ann Street southbound at Highland Avenue; Arnold Mills Road westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Arnold Mills Road at Nate Whipple Highway; Avon Avenue westbound at Aborn Avenue; Beamis Avenue both directions at Evergreen Street; Bear Hill Road eastbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Berm Drive both directions at Streamview Drive; Bill Street both directions at McKee Memorial Drive and Woodward Street; Bill Street at Woodward Street; Boardman Avenue westbound at Mullen Street; Bond Avenue northbound at Blanche Avenue; Bowen Street both directions at Old Whipple Street; Branch Avenue both directions at Stoney View Drive; Britts Ridge both directions at Spring House Lane and Geddes Farm Lane; Britts Ridge eastbound at Barberry Hill Road; Bryant Street both directions at Carlson Drive, Bryant both directions at East Earle Street, Bryant both directions Goddard Street, Bryant both directions at Highland Avenue, and Bryant both directions at Hilltop Road and Toboggan Road; Burnt Swamp Road northbound at Reservoir Road; Canal Street southbound at River Bank Drive; Christine Drive northbound at America Street; Clark Street both directions at Hewes Street; Club Drive both directions at Lippitt Avenue; Colonial Avenue both directions at Rhode Island Avenue; Crestwood Court southbound at Bear Hill Road; Curtin Drive southbound at Ethier Way; Dorr Street eastbound at Meadowcrest Drive; East Barrows Street both directions at Bryant Street; East Earle Street both directions at Bryant Street; Edit Street southbound at Garden Street; England Street both directions at Highland Avenue, England Street both directions at Mayfair Road; England Street both directions at Old Willis Road; England Street both directions at Packard Avenue; England Street both directions at Toboggan Road; Esek Hopkins Lane eastbound at Paine Road; Evergreen Street southbound at Boardman Avenue; Factory Street both directions at Main Street; Fiske Avenue both directions at Evergreen Street; Forest View Drive eastbound at Rocky Crest Road; Garvin Street both directions at West Highland Avenue; Garvin Street northbound at Pollett Street; Geddes Farm Lane northbound at Britts Ridge; Glen Oaks Drive westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Glenside Road eastbound at Riverview Drive; Grove Road westbound at Leigh Road; Hadden Avenue both directions at Evergreen Street; Harvest Drive westbound at Hines Farm Drive; Hatch Street northbound at Fatima Drive; Highland Avenue both directions at England Street; Hillside Road northbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Hilltop Road eastbound at Bryant Street; Hines Farm Drive westbound at Hines Road; Howard Road westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Iroquois Road southbound at Hines Road; Kent Street southbound at Brayton Court; Knollwood Drive both directions at Sleepy Hollow Drive; Knollwood Drive westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Legion Avenue northbound at Willis Drive; Lonesome Pine eastbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Main Street both directions at Factory Street; Massasoit Lane northbound at Womantam Lane; Maurice Street eastbound at Willis Drive; Maybury Street northbound at Dorr Street; Meadowcrest Drive both directions at both Dorr Street and Pollett Street; Melody Lane southbound at Tingley Drive; Middle Street both directions at Store Hill Road; Mill Stream Drive southbound at Streamview Drive; Millers Brook Drive both directions at both Susan Drive and Terrace Avenue; Minerva Avenue both directions at East Earle Street; Morris Street both directions at Mowry Avenue; Morris Street southbound at Highland Avenue; Mowry Avenue both directions at both Morris Street and Williams Street; Mullen Street both directions at Beamis Avenue, Mullen both directions at Fiske Avenue, and Mullen both directions at Hadden Avenue; Mullen Street northbound at Farm Drive; Mullen Street southbound at Boardman Avenue; Newell Drive southbound at Rawson Road; Oakhill Drive both directions at Terrace Avenue; Old Angell Road eastbound at Either Way; Old Whipple Street both directions at Bowen Street; Olive Street westbound at England Street; Packard Avenue westbound at England Street; Payson Lane eastbound at Woodcrest Drive; Pennsylvania Avenue both directions at Rhode Island Avenue; Pennsylvania Avenue eastbound at Massachusetts Avenue; Quaker Road southbound at Arnold Mills Road; Rawson Road westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; River Bank Drive eastbound at Berm Drive; Rocky Crest Road northbound at High Ridge Drive; Ruth Street eastbound at Hillary Avenue; Shale Ridge Court westbound at High Ridge Drive; Silo Drive southbound at Bear Hill Road; Sleepy Hollow Drive both directions at Glen Oaks Drive; Spring House Lane southbound at Britts Ridge; Stoney View Drive both directions at Branch Avenue; Store Hill Road westbound at Front Street; Streamview Drive both directions at Berm Drive; Sunset Avenue eastbound at 7 Sunset Ave. and Sunset westbound at Berm Drive; Susan Drive both directions at Millers Brook Drive; Tally Ho Road northbound at Forest View Drive; Teakwood Drive westbound at Abbott Run Valley Road; Terrace Avenue northbound at Millers Brook; Terrace Avenue southbound at Carlson Drive; Terrace Avenue both directions at Hilltop Road; Tingley Drive northbound at 22 Tingley Drive and southbound at Newell Drive; Toboggan Road westbound at Bryant Street; Torrey Road eastbound at Burnt Swamp Road; Vermont Avenue eastbound at New York Avenue; Wagon Road eastbound at Woodcrest Drive; Waterman Street both directions at Hewes Street; Webber Street westbound at Front Street; West Highland Avenue westbound at Kent Street; Whispering Pines both directions at Sweet Hill Drive; and Williams Street southbound at Highland Avenue.

The public works direction will ensure that signs posted in the area announce the restrictions.

The effort to legalize Cumberland’s stop signs was part of the town’s ongoing traffic-calming initiative.

Schmitt initially proposed adding a stop sign on Sun Valley Drive at Abbott Run Valley Road, which is near a school, as one that was previously there was taken out by a car or plow, but Councilors Bob Shaw and Peter Bradley said they would prefer that it be put up through a separate ordinance approval process.

Lacey O’Halloran, of 10 Millers Brook Drive, mentioned that she was the main person pushing for legalization of stop signs, thanking the council as well as Bannister and King for taking action in response to concerns from residents in her “family neighborhood.” This has been a long time coming, she said.