“We’ve been talking about this for two years, and we’ve seen how they work, but the people don’t understand that these aren’t monstrous bumps that make you stop just to go over them,” said City Councilman Jim King.
King said there are already three speed humps, which he tested with a low-suspending vehicle and had no trouble crossing at 25 mph.
To allow residents to get a feel for the project, King researched temporary speed humps and suggested the council purchase a similar rubber replica and place it on a street proposed to have the permanent asphalt version. Those who want to get a feel for them may visit the street with the rubber hump, he said, but the idea is to move the rubber hump around so various people can see what it’s like.
The temporary rubber replica would only be out for 60 days, council decided Monday.
“Some people will be against the speed humps no matter what, but this is beneficial to let people know they’re not as bad as they think if the drivers are going the speed limit,” King said.
City Councilman Johnny Sinclair expressed concern with how similar a rubber hump would actually be to an asphalt one, stating that even people who like speed humps hate the rubber ones.
Councilman Griffin Chalfant said if the city was spending money on the temporary hump, it should be very similar to the permanent ones.
In order for the city to place speed humps in subdivisions, there needs to be at least 51 percent voter turnout within the subdivision and 60 percent affirmative vote.