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St. Peters officials look toward regulating traffic in city parks

By: Brian Flinchpaugh


St. Peters officials are considering adopting an ordinance allowing them to enforce speed limits and traffic regulations in the city’s parks.

Alderman Jerry Hollingsworth [Ward 2] is expected to work with city Special Counsel Randy Weber to develop language for an ordinance that would cover all the city parks.  Hollingsworth told his fellow aldermen at their work session on Aug. 24 that the city, while it has posted speed limits and signs at city parks, lacks the authority to enforce them. He said the city has not approved an ordinance that establishes that authority.

Hollingsworth said he and Alderman Judy Bateman [Ward 2] have received a number of complaints about speeding in Woodland Sports Park but that the city cannot ticket violators.  “We cannot enforce the ordinance because we don’t have an ordinance,” Hollingsworth said.

“We cannot enforce the ordinance because we don’t have an ordinance,” Hollingsworth said.

He added that he and Bateman had a particular issue with traffic exiting the park at a high rate of speed while youth ballgames are ongoing.

Alderman Michael Shea [Ward 3] said the board earlier had discussed implementing traffic regulations at 370 Lakeside  Park. He said a lack of enforcement does not set the right example for the many out-of-town visitors that use the camping facilities at the park.

Alderman Dave Thomas [Ward 1] said he was surprised by the problem, particularly at 370 Lakeside Park, which has designated street signs.  Hollingsworth said it would be nice if city police could pull over a vehicle traveling 25 miles over a 15 mph speed limit on park roads.

“That’s kind of embarrassing,” Thomas said.  “It certainly is,” Hollingsworth said.

“Now if we can just get them to stop speeding once they get out of the park,” Bateman added.

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