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Two Washington City Council Members Against Deleting Speed Limit On East Washington Street, Ordinance Passes

Posted: Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 6:30 am

The Washington City Council has passed an ordinance that removed mention of the 30 and 40 mile per hour speed limits on East Washington Street, despite input against the change from United Presbyterian Home CEO and Administrator Mike Moore. Moore said Wednesday that the retirement community’s 350 residents and staff “usually go out onto East Washington” and “you may sit there for four or five minutes before you can find an opening” to get on the road.  The majority of council members agreed the Iowa DOT technically controls speed zones on East Washington Street, and they could do nothing to stop a recommended DOT increase to 35 miles per hour.  The ordinance passed despite no votes from councilmen Fred Stark and Bob Shepherd, but speed limits on East Main Street currently remain the same until action is taken by the DOT.