We have been residents of Whitlock Heights for many years and are not in support of the proposed speed tables, nor are the majority of our neighbors. We are aware there is some cut-through traffic during particular times of the day but not enough to install the number of speed tables proposed. It doesn’t matter if there is one or 17 speed bumps, the fact is this will not prevent the minimal cut-through traffic in our neighborhood.
The question is whether people living in this lovely community are aware speed tables will be a detriment to the value of their homes sold on and near the stated streets specifically where the speed tables are proposed to be located. This will have a large negative effect when you decide you want the best value for your home or when you decide to sell.
The homeowners may experience many problems with their vehicles, which will include more repairs than necessary. This does not include the air quality while each vehicle stops for each speed table.
Also, the time we really need for fire trucks, police vehicles, or ambulances to respond for services needed at your residence will delay the time to get to your home, which could possibly be tragic. We are all aware that they all respond through our neighborhood and will pass over these obstructions between our homes and Kennestone Hospital when time really matters.
Yes, there are other ways of regulating traffic flow; for example, a stop sign at Wood Valley and Hickory would be a great example. We are happy with police presence in our neighborhood. Everyone wishes we could see them more but we are really happy with their performance and enforcement techniques.
Please don’t listen to one or two loud squeaky wheels, and listen to the people so the police can do their job. The Marietta City Council should consider this rebuttal and vote “no” to speed tables in Whitlock Heights.
Hoyt and Geneva Ellison