JAMAICA -- A request was made for the town to get its road signage up to standards recently set by the state.
"There's no deadlines but we were told eventually you may be subject to not get grants from the state," said Jamaica Selectboard member Lou Bruso. "All towns have started the process."
On Aug. 26, the Selectboard discussed the new street signs that will be significantly larger and harder to miss than the previous ones. The new stop signs were described as "highly reflective," which Bruso said were "obviously to make people able to see things better."
One sign was already put in by Route 30, coming from Townshend. Other signs will be seen around town in places such as Pike Falls Road, South Hill Road, West Jamaica Road and the side roads off these roads. Also included are Water Street, Depot Street, Castle Hill Road and Townshend Road.
"We don't have the responsibility to do roads that intersect with Route 30 or 100," said Bruso. "That's the state's."
He said the town will be held accountable for putting the new style of town road signs up on its major and minor roads, or class 2 and 3 roads. If a road is marked for speeds higher than 25 mph, a sign of 12 inch height will be required.
Bruso wanted to make it clear to the public that it was not the town's decision to go with the larger signs.
"There was some blowback from citizens because they are rather large," he said. "It was not our decision to come up with the signs but a decision of the state and federal government standards.
Selectboard member Paul Fraser gave some background history on the development of the signs. He said the emergency response lobby had wanted to initiate the change because when emergency responders are in a hurry, it can be difficult to see the signs.
"Theoretically, it can be a lifesaver," he concluded.
A resident asked if there were any local ambulances without GPS services. Another resident said that a GPS doesn't always work in Vermont.
"Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," said Selectboard Chairwoman Lexa Clark. "It's hard in a rural area."
Road Crew Supervisor Keith Hazzard had already begun the process of implementing the new signage. There were approximately 25 new signs delivered to the Town Garage, he said.
Hazzard had opened the package on the morning of the Selectboard meeting and told the board it would take three days to put up the signs.
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