Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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March 12, 2013

Commissioners lower speed limit in subdivision

Court also makes changes to county’s investment plan


Johnson County Commissioners on Monday voted to lower the speed limit on three streets in the Bluegrass Estates in Joshua from 35 mph to 30 mph. The neighborhood is in Precinct 2, and Commissioner Kenny Howell explained that changing the speed limit would be, in essence, correcting a mistake.

“It isn’t that we have a problem with speeders out there, it’s just a mistake,” Howell said. He said that the 12 streets in Bluegrass Estates were developed and plans accepted by Commissioners Court in stages. On the streets in the earlier stages, the developer erected 30 mph speed limit signs and presented the streets for approval with the 30 mph speed limits. But on these three streets — Alabama, Idaho and Montana streets — Howell said for some reason the developer put up 35 mph signs and presented them for acceptance with that speed limit.

“We’re just trying to make the whole subdivision be 30 mph, the way it should be,” Howell said.

The court also voted Monday to make what County Auditor Kirk Kirkpatrick “two major changes” to the county’s investment policy.

At Kirkpatrick’s recommendation, the commissioners voted to name County Treasurer Debbie Rice as the county’s investment officer, rather than Kirkpatrick, and to authorize the investment officer to purchase certificates of deposit, under a set cost, for the county without the commissioners’ approval.

Kirkpatrick explained that CDs are very safe investments, and that if Price found a CD with a good interest rate, that rate could change significantly in the time it would take for her to bring the proposal to the commissioners for their approval.

Such an arrangement is “actually the norm” for many counties across the state, Kirkpatrick said.

Commissioners also approved two proclamations on Monday, one in recognition of American Red Cross Month and one in recognition of Purchasing Month.

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