Nora Cobb has lived most of her life in a house on “G” Street. Now 60, she can remember hearing her father yell at drivers of speeding vehicles as he sat on the porch many years ago.
Cobb’s father has passed away, but she and her mother remain in the neighborhood that can sometimes be the scene of a “deafening roar,” according to Cobb.
One of her neighbors Terye Laidlaw agrees that speeders can be quite loud with “squealing” tires.
“After school and evenings are the worst,” Laidlaw said. “Sundays are the quietest.”
In an attempt to reduce speeders on “G” Street, and “C,” “E,” 32nd, and 39th, as well as streets that include school zones, the Washougal 2011 draft preliminary budget includes approximately $90,000 in salary and benefits to hire a new officer who would be primarily assigned to traffic enforcement.
“That officer’s duties are simple – enforce the traffic laws within the city,” said Washougal Mayor Sean Guard. “These same duties are also undertaken by other patrol officers but in the case of the traffic officer, their main responsibilities will not be answering calls but working traffic enforcement. They will answer emergency calls as needed, but their main focus is expected to be traffic.”