The town council voted 6-1 in favor of increasing the speed limit on Tyler Parkway from 25 mph to 40 mph. Councilor Bryan Siverson was the lone dissenting vote.
A recent study conducted by town engineer LaRon Garrett found the average speed of motorists was 40 mph.
"Tyler Parkway was originally called East Loop Road," Mayor Ken Murphy said. "Twenty-five mph is ridiculous."
When the council asked Police Chief Gordon Gartner for his opinion he said, "If we write a ticket for 40 in a 25 mph zone, it's like cheating," Gartner said. "Of course, we could use the money," he joked.
"Tyler Parkway is not a normal residential street," Councilor Judy Buettner said. "It's more of a loop and should have a little faster speed limit."
Siverson, the lone hold-out, voiced his concern about the dangers of faster traffic with homes nearby.
The issue, which had been controversial in the past, prompted only one member of the public to speak against the change due to the road's proximity to residential neighborhoods.
Although the council approved the speed limit increase, they requested that Gartner have patrol cars actively enforcing the new speed limit.
According to town manager Fred Carpenter, the increase will go into effect "as soon as they can get the signs up."