SULPHUR SPRINGS — If you’re driving through the northeastern Henry County town of Sulphur Springs, watch your speed.
That’s the message frustrated members of the town board want to send out after seeing and hearing several instances of motorists ignoring stop signs and barreling through town on U.S. 36.
Town Board President Bill Dittlinger said the problem is becoming increasingly dangerous on Maple, Harrison and Meridian streets in addition to the highway.
“We’ve got people driving through stop signs just like they’re not there,” Dittlinger said. “There’s 12 kids on that street within two blocks.”
At the board’s July meeting, Dittlinger said a tree had been trimmed at Maple Street and U.S. 36 to eliminate a blind spot. But traffic on U.S. 36 “is getting really heavy,” according to Town Marshal Stacey Guffey. Motorists disregarding speed signs are more common.
Board members asked for and received assurances that Guffey and his team would increase law enforcement presence to slow people down.
A new reserve has been added to the Sulphur Springs police department to help them do just that.
Carlo Moore, who had been working with the Knightstown Police Department, was introduced to the board as a new deputy reserve.
“He’s got a ton of experience with Knightstown and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,” Guffey said. “I’ve known him forever.”
Moore, who has been part of the Knightstown department for 11 years, said he intended to resign there soon.
In other business, the board:
Discussed possible purchase and location of a car port to protect the town marshal’s vehicle. Guffey said with all the electronics now in the vehicle, protecting it from both the heat and the cold was important. Among the possibilities mentioned are a total vehicle enclosure as well as one enclosed on three sides. Board member Kip Jones said he will seek another quote for a three-sided structure after one for a fully enclosed car port with a garage door came to $3,885.
Talked about problems with youth riding mini-bikes on the street. Consensus seemed to be riders should be at least 15 and a half years of age, have a valid ID, proof of insurance and a license plate.
Continued evaluating options with pumping capacity of the town well. “That needs to be fixed,” Dittlinger said. “That pump we put in there was 140 gallons a minute.” Jones said the pump problems have resulted in it taking as much as a half-hour to fill a 2,100 gallon tank. “Obviously, you can’t go to a house fire if it takes a half hour to fill your tank,” Jones said.