Sheffield considers speed bumps

Sheffield Township supervisors are looking into installing speed bumps, or humps, around town.

Speed humps fall under the category of traffic calming devices. Considerations for such devices, as with anything, are both positive and negative. One of the primary considerations before a speed hump can be installed is, under the American Disabilities Act, maintenance issues and accessibility concerns must be addressed first.

Thus, supervisors must conduct traffic studies before any decision.

Mary Ann Paris, township supervisor, suggested placing police speed monitors on roads around town to gauge the average speed of drivers, and better determine where speed humps are most needed.

In other news discussed at the supervisors’ July 1 meeting:

* Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department’s Fireman’s Festival Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 17.

* An environmental analysis is set to take place the third week of July.

A geologist will evaluate the underground system of wells by the Unimart in Sheffield.

* Supervisors plan to speak with state police regarding their current noise nuisance ordinance.

They want to know if state police are able to enforce it in its current form.

If not, supervisors will look to rescind the ordinance and make new plans.

The next Sheffield Township meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Sheffield Food Pantry.