Sherman recently addressed some traffic sign issues that city staff felt needed to be handled following public hearings on each of the matters.
The Sherman City Council approved the addition of speed limit signs on Shepherd Drive, stop signs related to the extension of Canyon Creek Drive and additional stop signs for the Pebblebrook South subdivision. The speed limit signs being added on Shepherd Drive between the west U.S. Highway 75 service road and Farmington Road were the first discussed by the council.
“Shepherd Drive was recently repaved by our public works department and as a result of that, you can go faster on the road,” Director of Engineering Clint Philpott said as the council and audience laughed. “So it became necessary, pretty much immediately, we knew that we needed to post 30 mph speed limit signs there.”
Philpott explained all the streets in Sherman that don’t have signs have 30 mph speed limits, but city staff felt drivers on Shepherd Drive needed a permanent reminder.
“We felt that was necessary to put those signs,” Philpott said. “They have been there for 90 days. We haven’t had any concerns or calls about them.”
The next item discussed was an ordinance to make the stop signs on Canyon Creek Drive at Lamberth Road and the four-way stop at Canyon Creek Drive and Shady Oaks Lane permanent, as well as the stop signs on Bandera Drive at Shady Oaks Lane, on Canyon Creek Drive at FM 1417 and on Overland Trail at FM 1417.
“Part of these are a result of the Canyon Creek extension,” Philpott said. “When we extended that all the way to Lamberth Road, we installed a stop sign at Lamberth Road and we also installed a four-way stop at Shady Oaks and Canyon Creek Drive. Then in doing that, we kind of looked at the entire area to make sure there was ordinances for all the existing stop signs in the area.”
He said city staff found three instances of existing stop signs that didn’t have a corresponding city ordinance.
“We did find three, two of them along (FM) 1417, where Canyon Creek Drive intersects with (FM) 1417 and where Overland Trail intersects there, and also where Bandera Drive intersects Shady Oaks (Lane),” Philpott said. “So we’re kind of cleaning those up on the same ordinance. Again, all of them have been installed for 90 days and we have not had any concerns.”
Near the end of the meeting, council member Shawn Teamann said he was initially confused about the sign request for Overland Trail.
“I was wondering about that stop sign on Overland (Trail),” Teamann said. “I thought if there hasn’t been a stop sign there this entire time … good to know I was already preparing myself to stop.”
Philpott explained there has long been a stop sign there, the city just didn’t have a corresponding ordinance.
“Yeah, I figured that out,” Teamann said.
The final public hearing on traffic signs concerned the addition of stop signs on Peggey’s Cove at Park Avenue and on Southridge Lane at Park Avenue.
“These two are a result of Pebblebrook South,” Philpott said of the new subdivision. “There were two additional blocks south of Park (Avenue), that have just been accepted by the city. With the increased traffic volume of that neighborhood south of Park (Avenue), it was needed to install two stop signs at Peggey’s Cove and Southridge Lane. Again, it’s been 90 days and we have not received any concerns or comments.”
No one from the audience came forward to speak during any of the three public hearings and each ordinance was approved unanimously by the council, though Deputy Mayor Pam Howeth was absent from the meeting.
Philpott said there will likely be more public hearings on the addition of stop signs in the near future as subdivisions like Magnolia Village and Austin Landing continue their expansions.
“There are several developments that are starting to be in that 90 day range,” Philpott said.