Commissioners slow down speeders Friday, June 05, 2009 Rob Durham Citizens traveling on Elliott Street will encounter a couple of bumps in the road when they get to the Shelton Avenue intersection, as city commissioners elected to crack down on speeding at their regular Monday meeting at the commission chambers. The group unanimously approved an order to place stop indicators at the intersection of Elliott and Shelton after Breckenridge Police Department Chief Larry Mahan conducted a survey on five different occasions. The indicators at the Elliott/Shelton intersection will be similar to the stop indicators at the Elm/Smith intersection. During the survey, 506 vehicles came through the stop and a total of 55, or 11 percent did not come to a complete stop, Mahan said. Three cars never stopped during the survey. “There just wasn’t enough people coming to a complete stop at the stop sign,” he said. Mahan also reported that the average speed of 163 cars clocked was 27 miles per hour, within two blocks of the intersection. Elliott Street/Shelton Ave. area residents Tyler Owen and Andy Perales were present at the meeting because of their concern with children playing in the area that may cross the street to play on the South Elementary playground or track. “Even though school is out, kids still use that playground,” Owen said. “We just want to try and stop people from speeding in our neighborhood before someone gets seriously hurt.” The group approved a resolution to authorize City Manager Gary Ernest to secure a short-term loan to alleviate a possible cash flow problem, if the need arises. The loan will not exceed $250,000 and is set up through the Citizens National Bank, the city’s depository bank for the year. “The City of Breckenridge is not in any cash problem, let’s get that out of the way first,” Ernest said. “This is just established in order that if something comes up, it’s there in case we need it.” Ernest reported the city was still in the waiting stages on a pair of grants that would add vehicles to the police department, including a pair of K-9 Unit vehicles.