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Speed limit change sought in Pulaski

PULASKI — Two women who want to drive golf carts in town also want the speed limit on town roads reduced to accommodate the alternative form of transportation.
Patricia Weeks and Heather K. O’Dell appeared before the Pulaski Town Council in June, asking the council to approve the use of golf carts on town streets to allow residents to get about town while saving money on gas.
However, one of the concerns council members have expressed is the danger of mixing 25-mph golf carts on the same streets with larger 45-mph vehicles.
That’s why Weeks and O’Dell want the town to “lower all in-town streets and roads to 25 mph.” Their request would include all in-town sections of Memorial Drive, Route 11, Route 99 and Bob White Boulevard.
“This would be no hardship due to the fact that everyone always drives at least 10 mph over the current posted speed limits. So if we lower the … speed limits to 25 mph, then perhaps the traffic will respond by driving 35 mph,” the women state in a letter sent to town council members and area media.
On Tuesday, Weeks and O’Dell will attend a town council work session to update council members on their research into the use of golf carts as alternative transportation.
The women say they have received “positive written responses” on their proposal from Sen. John Warner (R-Virginia), Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher, Gov. Tim Kaine’s office, Pocahontas Mayor Anita Brown, Colonial Beach Mayor Fred Rummage and Colonial Beach Police Chief Chris Henderson.
Weeks and O’Dell have requested that accommodations be made for officials from Colonial Beach in Eastern Virginia to hold a conference call with town council during the work session to answer questions about the proposal.
The idea of using golf carts in town started when Weeks indicated she wished she could drive a golf cart to work because, although she lives only three minutes from her store, she hauls a lot of work-related materials back ad forth.
Weeks and O’Dell run Fruitful Seasons Natural Foods and Massage Therapy on Peppers Ferry Road.
A petition requesting golf carts to be approved in town is available for signing at Fruitful Season, Coffee Buy the Book, Villa Hair Salon, Emmanuel Christian Book Store, Jim Dandy Body Shop and Mini Mart on Route 11.
E-mails of support may be sent to fruitfulseasons@psknet.com or signed letters may be mailed to Fruitful Seasons at 1131 Peppers Ferry Road, Pulaski, VA 24301.
“We think our town officials should know that there is an automatic assumption by our town citizens that nothing new will pass,” the women’s letter states. “But in working with you of late, we think there is a bright future for Pulaski, and that this proposal will be a great help to the citizens of Pulaski, and benefit our town.”
The women go on to say that, if their golf cart proposal is denied, they think the use of scooters and mopeds on town roads should be reconsidered “for safety and noise pollution, and all riders need to be at least 18 years of age, and/or have a valid driver’s license.”
Weeks and O’Dell are urging supporters to attend Tuesday’s work session, which begins at 5 p.m. in the council chambers.

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Speed limit change sought in Pulaski

PULASKI — Two women who want to drive golf carts in town also want the speed limit on town roads reduced to accommodate the alternative form of transportation.
Patricia Weeks and Heather K. O’Dell appeared before the Pulaski Town Council in June, asking the council to approve the use of golf carts on town streets to allow residents to get about town while saving money on gas.
However, one of the concerns council members have expressed is the danger of mixing 25-mph golf carts on the same streets with larger 45-mph vehicles.
That’s why Weeks and O’Dell want the town to “lower all in-town streets and roads to 25 mph.” Their request would include all in-town sections of Memorial Drive, Route 11, Route 99 and Bob White Boulevard.
“This would be no hardship due to the fact that everyone always drives at least 10 mph over the current posted speed limits. So if we lower the … speed limits to 25 mph, then perhaps the traffic will respond by driving 35 mph,” the women state in a letter sent to town council members and area media.
On Tuesday, Weeks and O’Dell will attend a town council work session to update council members on their research into the use of golf carts as alternative transportation.
The women say they have received “positive written responses” on their proposal from Sen. John Warner (R-Virginia), Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher, Gov. Tim Kaine’s office, Pocahontas Mayor Anita Brown, Colonial Beach Mayor Fred Rummage and Colonial Beach Police Chief Chris Henderson.
Weeks and O’Dell have requested that accommodations be made for officials from Colonial Beach in Eastern Virginia to hold a conference call with town council during the work session to answer questions about the proposal.
The idea of using golf carts in town started when Weeks indicated she wished she could drive a golf cart to work because, although she lives only three minutes from her store, she hauls a lot of work-related materials back ad forth.
Weeks and O’Dell run Fruitful Seasons Natural Foods and Massage Therapy on Peppers Ferry Road.
A petition requesting golf carts to be approved in town is available for signing at Fruitful Season, Coffee Buy the Book, Villa Hair Salon, Emmanuel Christian Book Store, Jim Dandy Body Shop and Mini Mart on Route 11.
E-mails of support may be sent to fruitfulseasons@psknet.com or signed letters may be mailed to Fruitful Seasons at 1131 Peppers Ferry Road, Pulaski, VA 24301.
“We think our town officials should know that there is an automatic assumption by our town citizens that nothing new will pass,” the women’s letter states. “But in working with you of late, we think there is a bright future for Pulaski, and that this proposal will be a great help to the citizens of Pulaski, and benefit our town.”
The women go on to say that, if their golf cart proposal is denied, they think the use of scooters and mopeds on town roads should be reconsidered “for safety and noise pollution, and all riders need to be at least 18 years of age, and/or have a valid driver’s license.”
Weeks and O’Dell are urging supporters to attend Tuesday’s work session, which begins at 5 p.m. in the council chambers.

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