CARPENDALE – Public safety was a main concern as residents voiced issues of speeding and children on bicycles without helmets in Carpendale.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
CARPENDALE – Public safety was a main concern as residents voiced issues of speeding and children on bicycles without helmets in Carpendale.
Homeowners on Miller Road said they can’t back out of their driveways safely due to speeding motorists and drivers who are texting and not watching the road.
Residents noted that in some cases you can hear the vehicles before you see them.
Those not obeying the posted speeds have prompted the council to look into monitoring devices that record the number of vehicles travelling through an area and their rate of speed.
In recent years, Carpendale had a bicycle helmet giveaway to make sure all children in town had helmets. According to state law all children under the age of 15 must wear a helmet and it was stressed that parents need to enforce this with their children.
In his report, police chief Josh Hartman noted 16 calls for June and July and reminded everyone that CSX is aggressively enforcing trespassing on their property. No one is permitted to walk or ride there.
“If someone is back there, it’s going to be a pretty hefty fine,” said mayor Butch Armentrout.
Hartman also noted that his department will soon be testing body cameras to protect the officers and the town.
“We’re excited to deploy those,” he said.
In other business, Armentrout noted that with the paving of Quail Drive, all the streets in town have been paved and in the future the town will address ones that need overlaid.
The town will also be looking at the grates in the side ditches, noting that many are covered by dirt and rocks.
Armentrout reported that additional locations for street lights have been submitted to the power company and that the town is looking to replace its 20-year-old salt spreader before bad weather.