Hillsborough Commissioners approve arbitrator's report on traffic calming in Carrollwood

09/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Despite criticism from some local residents, the Hillsborough County Commission today voted 6-1 to support an arbitrator’s report that will cost over $100,000 to remove traffic calming devices from Carrollwood Village.

Local resident Jennifer Fritsch disagrees with some of the recommendations by arbitrator Wilson Lorenz, that include removing traffic signs and speed bumps.

Bill Roberts urged the Board to defer action on the report, because he said that thought the consultant’s report addresses a number of issues, but makes recommendations for only a few.

Ann Keelig also said she wanted the Board to defer actions.

There are 21 specific points listed for recommendation in the report.

Commissioners Ken Hagen and Jim Norman both asked Mike McCarthy, the Director of the County’s Traffic Services Division, if he at all agreed with criticism of the report. He said he did not.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe expressed dissatisfaction with the report, but McCarthy disagreed. And McCarthy said he didn’t think much of the criticism from the residents at today’s meeting.

The board voted 6-1 in support of the arbitrator’s report, with only Mark Sharpe dissenting.

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