Town To Crack Down On Motorized Skateboards

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A proposed town ordinance will regulate where people can ride their "motorized play vehicles," such as skateboards.

At Thursdays meeting of the Payson Town Council, councilors will consider a new ordinance that will dictate where people can ride their motorized play vehicles.

The ordinance states that these vehicles must obey all the rules of a normal vehicle and may not be driven on any sidewalk, except to gain access to a public or private road.

Among the many regulations in the ordinance, no child under 14 can drive a motorized play vehicle, and passengers are not allowed.

Play vehicles must be walked across crosswalks and cannot be operated on town streets before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m. Operators under 18 are required to wear a helmet and parents cannot "knowingly permit or recklessly allow" their child to violate the ordinance.

Public Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation has agreed to partner with Payson to conduct a public transportation feasibility study, according to Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett.

The entire study, intended to explore the feasibility of some type of public transportation, will cost the town $2,800 because ADOT is paying 80 percent and Payson is funding 80 percent of their 20 percent with a grant.

Transportation Committee

Town Manager Fred Carpenter wants the council to ask staff to prepare an ordinance that would create a Transportation Advisory Committee. This request was prompted by the town hall meeting about streets in which members of the public brought up the idea of forming a committee that would study transportation issues, such as street improvements, bond elections and bypasses.

Four-way stop

A resident of North Easy Street began a petition which now has 40 signatures, asking the town to put in a four-way stop at Easy and North William Tell Circle. Garrett and his staff performed a study to see if a four-way stop was warranted at the intersection consisting of two cul-de-sacs.

"After conducting the necessary traffic study, it showed that a four-way stop is not warranted at this intersection," Garrett said.

According to Garrett, to meet the criteria, the intersection must have at least one of the three warrants -- a traffic signal is warranted, but not yet installed; there is a high accident count at the intersection; or a minimum of 300 vehicles on Easy Street in an eight-hour period and 200 on William Tell Circle. Garrett said the intersection meets none of these criteria.

While Garrett said the stop signs are not warranted and would inhibit traffic flow, the installation of an "Intersection Ahead" warning sign is appropriate for the location.

This is the only town council meeting scheduled for this month. It begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at town hall and is open to the public.

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