New school zone to be implemented

A new school zone was approved to be implemented at the Sweetwater City Commission meeting held Tuesday at City Hall.The approved, amended ordinance would provide a reduced speed limit on designated portions of Fifth Street, from its intersection with Elm Street to its intersection with Fowler Street. The establishment of the school zone would be done on an emergency basis--thus only one reading of the ordinance would take place--and a penalty would be executed for any violation.Representatives from 4th and Elm Church of Christ were in attendance at the meeting, as the church has requested for some time that the street either be closed or become a school zone. Following work done by city staff, it was decided that a school zone would benefit the city, church and the school that is held within the church.The school zone would be marked with a 20 mph speed limit, and crosswalks and signs would be placed. Five days following an official notice by the city, the limit would start being enforced.Also during the meeting, a second reading was held on the ordinance establishing classifications and the number of positions for the fire and police departments, which was approved.It was noted that the shifts within the police department have increased from 8 to 12 hour shifts. A sergeant position was also added within the existing staff, in which a promotion exam was given, now bringing the total number of sergeants to four.