Wildridge residents worry about speeders | VailDaily.com

Wildridge residents worry about speeders

J.K. Perry
NWS Avon Meeting PU 11-2-06

AVON – Speeding concerns Wildridge residents most when it comes to law enforcement.Residents worry about the danger speeders pose to children, pets, bicyclists and safety in general. Each day, resident Jim Horan watches motorists speed by his Saddle Ridge Loop home. The problem troubles Horan so much he offered Avon officers the use of his driveway to monitor traffic with their radars. Horan and other Wildridge residents met last week to discuss neighborhood problems at an Avon Police Department meeting designed to strengthen the relationship between residents and police. The suggestions provided by residents at the meeting will help how Avon police enforce the law in Wildridge, Avon police Chief Brian Kozak said.On the speeding problem, several residents said motorists simply don’t know what the speed limits are through Wildridge. They recommended the town purchase an electronic roadside speed monitor to increase speed-limit awareness.”That idea is great, just to wake people up,” resident Jim O’Connor said.Avon Town Manager Larry Brooks and Kozak both said they would work on buying the monitor because residents overwhelmingly supported it.

Residents also mentioned several other ways to slow speeders down, including patrols at peak-traffic times in the morning and evening, more speed-limit signs and electronic signs that flash the speed limit.Second most on residents minds were bears. People were upset with residents who continually leave out trash, which lures bears into neighborhoods.”It’s the same people doing it over and over again,” O’Connor said.Because police can’t be everywhere all the time, both residents and officers asked the community to police itself and educate less-knowledgeable neighbors about bears.”I would like to see more community activity,” Kozak said. “Most of our calls here are on trash and dogs.”Residents can tell police about trash offenders by calling the department, going to the police Web site at http://www.avonpolice.org or by calling Tipsline anonymously at 748-4095.

While most residents were pleased with their police, others said they hope law enforcement won’t take away the “wild” in Wildridge.”I think the problem is someone who moves from the suburbs and wants Cherry Creek (in Denver),” one man said. “Forget about the nitpicky stuff. I would just hope Wildridge stays the wild west as long as it can.”==========Get involvedAvon residents interested in becoming police volunteers or forming a neighborhood watch can call 748-4040.

West Avon residents can tell police about their neighborhood problems at a community meeting Dec. 14, time to be announced, at Avon Elementary School.==========Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or jkperry@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado

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