Clinton resident questions city’s stop sign and parking regulations

Officials cite city and state codes on issues

CLINTON — Stop signs and parking were on the mind of resident Kenny Atchison when he addressed the city council on Nov. 1.

Atchison lives in the 900 block of E. Johnson Street.  He told commissioners he was concerned about the number of intersections in town that had no stop signs. 

“There’s six or seven or eight that don’t have stop signs,” Atchison said, referring to a particular neighborhood.  “I’ve never brought it up before, but my granddaughter, one of her other grandparents lives at one of these intersections.  I’m afraid there would be a wreck, get up in the yard, run her over or something.  Then, I’d hold everybody liable for that.”

Atchison said it would be a cheap fix for the city.  He suggested removing two stop signs from a four-way stop and install them at the intersection.

Commissioner Ken Buchanan said additional stop signs would not necessarily prevent drivers from failing to stop.  Atchison said it might protect the city from liability if an accident did happen.

Public works administrator Steve Lobb, attending the meeting remotely, commented about the issue.

“When it comes to liability, the city adopted the Federal Highway Manual on all stop signs and regulatory signs,” Lobb said.  “There are some stop signs that have been there for 100 years and they’re just grandfathered in and don’t fall under that criteria.”

He said any new stop signs installed must meet the criteria in the manual established by the federal highway authority. 

• See the complete story in the Friday, Nov. 11 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.


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