Bill to help determine road rules

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County commissioners have set their eyes on making subdivisions a bit safer regarding the rules of the road.

With the newly signed Senate Bill 1411, the county, after entering into an agreement with a special district, can establish traffic rules within the subdivision.

“That’s good public policy to be able to do that. It’s something that has been needed in Denton County for a long time,” Commissioner Hugh Coleman said.

Coleman is set on adopting the default Texas traffic code for these roads in special districts. That would include setting the default speed limit at 30 mph, establishing school zones and providing stop signs. This is something that would not cost the districts anything unless they wanted to do traffic studies or any other road items that would cost money.

Coleman said he had already planned on helping the districts with the establishment of school zones in his precinct if there is any cost.

In a discussion Tuesday, commissioners said the county would form a committee to draft rules for these roads and then ask the sheriff’s office to go over the mechanics of it.

Then the committee would bring the rules back to commissioners for adoption.

The committee will consist of Coleman, Precinct 4 Commissioner Andy Eads, county engineer Bennet Howell and a representative from the district attorney’s office.

Eads said he wanted to participate on the committee because it deals with freshwater districts, of which he has several in Precinct 4.

“I am eager to work on the committee and help formulate a policy whereby we can increase coverage to those areas,” Eads said. “We obviously will want to work with the sheriff’s office, because they are definitely a stakeholder in any policy we adopt.”

Commissioners discussed Tuesday having a sheriff’s department representative on the committee.

Coleman said he is hoping the committee will be able to get a policy together quickly to be ready when the statute becomes effective Sept. 1. He said he is optimistic and that some communities want to come on board already.

“I’ve already got one request from the Cross Oaks Ranch to negotiate an agreement as soon as we adopt a policy,” Coleman said.

Ken Botts, the director of one of the water districts that makes up Paloma Creek, has also expressed interest, he said.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.


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