Every seat was taken for last night’s meeting of Conshohocken Borough Council. The item of interest was the last item on the agenda and that was the discussion of placing speed tables on West 6th Avenue to slow traffic.
Anita Barton (D, Ward 4) had sought to include the item on the agenda after residents of West 6th Avenue complained about the danger crossing the street, etc. Once the item was introduced by Barton, other members of Borough Council quickly dismissed the idea of focusing on one street, when speeding is a borough-wide issue. The reaction was weirdly harsh and at the end of the meeting Tina Sokolowski (D, Ward 3) apologized on behalf of Borough Council for how the reaction by its members appeared.
During public comment, several residents of West 6th Avenue expressed a daily fear of crossing the street, backing out of driveways, and allowing their children to play in front of their homes.
While speed tables were determined to not be the solution at this time, there was talk of placing a temporary stop sign at the intersection of West 6th Avenue and Freedly Street. The mayor has the authority to order this for 90 days, during which a proper study could be conducted and determined if a long-term stop sign is warranted.