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Stem town board mulls lowering speed limits to 15 mph

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STEM The Stem town board discussed potential ordinance changes again during Monday’s virtual meeting.

Commissioners once again brought up the idea of reducing the speed limit on town-owned streets. Currently the speed limit is 20 mph, but some members of the board would like to lower that to 15 mph.

The change in speed limit would require an ordinance change in the rules of the town.

Commissioner Frank Shelton III said the planning board will begin working on new ordinances with the 20 year plan conservation design in mind.

In other business, Commissioner David Pavlus urged hikers to be alert in the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area off Old N.C. Highway 75 after a copperhead and rattlesnake were reportedly seen.

According to reports, a copperhead and a rattlesnake have been spotted in the Ledge Creek Forest

Mayor Casey Dover made commissioners aware of a recent call from U.S. House Representative G.K. Butterfield concerning the COVID-19 stimulus package that is under review by Congress. Dover said should the package pass, Stem could receive up to $278,000 in stimulus funding.

Dover also said the budget committee would be meeting soon to prepare the presentation of the fiscal year 2021 budget.

The commissioners addressed the cancellation of upcoming events and would not make any prediction as to what Stem’s next public event will be.

The board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. on June 1 at town hall.