GENEVA – Four mothers asked Geneva aldermen to do something about the lowering the speed limit on Fargo Boulevard in the Eagle Brook subdivision at a special Committee of the Whole meeting Feb. 4.
Police Chief Eric Passarelli said after receiving several complaints in September, police spent 50 hours in traffic enforcement and took 62 enforcement actions since then.
Amy Spring, who lives on Fargo, said she was one of those who calls to complain.
“We have 110 driveways on Fargo Boulevard and 123 homes,” Spring said. “I, of course, would like to see it reduced to 25 [miles an hour] on Fargo due to the fact that we have so many homes and so many children who are out playing.”
Spring said she complained to police about speeders going faster than the posted limit of 30 miles an hour on Fargo. She said she understood that Fargo Boulevard is a connector street, connecting one end of town to the other.
“It is frustrating for us that Fargo Boulevard east of Western Avenue is 25 and then Randall Square west of Randall Road is also 25,” Spring said.
With 123 homes, Spring said she considers Fargo to be a residential street as well, and residential streets in Geneva have a speed limit of 25 miles an hour.
Betsy Meyer, who lives on St. Andrew Circle just off Fargo, said her children play in the back yard only.
“We just don’t go out front,” Meyer said.
Chelsea Trussell, also a Fargo resident, said half the time, drivers don't look where they are going because they are texting.
“They go from Randall Road to Western Avenue and not look up,” Trussell said.
Beata Osmondson, also a Fargo resident, said reducing the speed limit to 25 miles an hour would make it easier to cross Fargo.
“There’s not enough time in the intersections for us," Osmondson said. "We run as fast as we can … with little ones in a stroller.”
Mayor Kevin Burns suggested that the women agree to serve on a task force to study the city’s speed limits, and include residents from other areas to study it more broadly.
The women said they would serve.