HOLLY POND — Many people who drive through Holly Pond are ignoring the speed limit near the town’s schools, and the situation is becoming more and more dangerous.
The Holly Pond Town Council discussed solutions to improve the safety of the intersection of Brooklyn and Buckner Roads at its meeting Monday night.
The intersection, located near the Holly Pond Middle and High Schools and Holly Pond Funeral Home, sees many cars speeding down Brooklyn Road with very low visibility for cars that are pulling out from Buckner Road.
Brooklyn Road is a school zone, and the speed limit is 20 miles per hour, but most people drive a lot faster than that, Holly Pond Mayor Bill Oliver said.
Oliver said he has spoken with a man who installs rumble strips who will give an estimate for the costs of installation.
There is a lot that can be done to help, but rumble strips might wake some people up and tell them to slow down, he said.
“At least that would get some attention,” he said.
Another option is the installation of another school zone sign that would remind people to slow down for students, Oliver said.
“The perfect thing to do would be just to get people to drive the speed limit,” he said.
Councilwoman Gladys Wisener said it would be best to make safety improvements now, before someone is hurt at the intersection.
“We don’t want to wait until something terrible happens and wish we had done something,” she said.
In other business, the council approved a $1,000 donation to the Good Samaritan Health Clinic.
Oliver said the Good Samaritan Clinic came to the town and asked for the donation, and he believes the clinic fills a need in the community.
“I think it’s a good program,” he said.
Wisener agreed that the clinic is good for the community, and said there are people in Holly Pond who rely on it for their medical care.
“I know the clinic is a very good program,” she said. “I know people who could not afford to go the doctor and could not afford to get medication without the Good Samaritan Clinic.”