County Commission shows ‘green’ support

Published 11:18 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009

By By Lydia Grimes
Escambia County Commissioners passed a resolution during Monday’s meeting supporting recycling and energy conservation in the county.
Commissioners heard from Andy Smith of Moore and Vanillin of Birmingham, who specializes in steel manufacturing.
County officials are working on a plan to hold a county-wide recycling day for electronic equipment that would allow residents to dispose of a variety of items.
Full details on the upcoming recycling project will be announced later this week.
The commission also discussed the changing of several roads’ speed limits in town. Planned changes include a 15-mile per hour limit on Marshall Lane; 35 miles per hour on Rock-A-Way Creek Road; 25 miles per hour on Deere Creek Road and Kimberly Drive.
Commissioners agreed to table the speed limit changes until input from residents in the area could be considered. Action on the proposed changes is expected at the next meeting of the commission on Jan. 26.
Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said commissioners should consider a uniform policy on speed limits posted within the county. “Sometimes motorists can be confused about speed limits if they don’t follow a particular rule,” Smith said. “It would be better to have a uniform limit on particular roads and areas. I would suggest having one limit for all residential area, one limit for all dead-end roads or streets and one limit for thoroughfares. Keeping those limits consistent for particular roads would make our jobs easier.”
In other business, the commission:

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