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New police officer joins Creston Police Dept.

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. CDT
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Police officer Matt Carr — a 2009 graduate of Orient-Macksburg High School — was hired on with the Creston Police Department Tuesday.

A new police officer will soon join the Creston Police Department. Creston City Council voted unanimously to hire Matt Carr contingent upon successful completion of testing. Carr is a 2009 graduate of Orient-Macksburg High School.

He currently works as a sheriff’s deputy in Ringgold County.

“His tentative start date (with us) will be sometime after the 10th of January,” said Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer.

Ver Meer also added one of his new officers — Sam Abell — recently graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Abell was one of three officers in his class to become part of the 300 Club — a physical fitness standard recognized by the Academy.

Wagner’s final night

Larry Wagner, ward 5 city councilman, attended his final city council meeting Tuesday. Wagner was given a plaque by Creston Mayor Warren Woods recognizing his seven years of service on the council.

“Larry has contributed a lot to the city council and every other duty assigned to him,” Woods said. “He asked a lot of questions and challenged a lot of decisions — and that’s good — because the thing you don’t want is a council or board who thinks alike all the time.”

Wagner did not seek re-election during the city election in November. Dave Koets ran unopposed for ward 5 in that election and won the seat garnering 124 votes. Koets has already been administered the oath of office and will serve at his first city council meeting Jan. 7.

Speed limit

A public hearing in regard to speed limit changes on Townline and Osage streets in Creston was set at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

A recent speed limit study on Osage Street in Creston suggests the speed limits should be changed to accommodate the geometric characteristics of the road and heavy agricultural traffic.

Osage Street is currently 40 mph from Highway 34 to Townline Street. The new proposal — presented to Creston City Council — would reduce the speed to 35 mph from 34 to Howard Street.

“That road wasn’t designed to go that fast, especially at the railroad underpass,” said Union County Engineer Steve Akes. “Your sight distance just isn’t there.”

Akes said the heavy traffic turning into the feedmill and grain elevator makes it dangerous to be traveling 40 mph.

Akes also suggests — based on the speed study — the speed limit should be increased from 40 to 45 mph on Osage Street between Howard and Townline.

Lastly, he suggests the speed limit on Townline Street to Ash Street should be increased from 40 to 45 mph. A public hearing was set for Jan. 7.

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