A proposal to increase the speed limit on Baxter Street, a major thoroughfare in north Neosho, from the current 25 to a proposed 35 miles per hour failed to receive a motion after discussion so Bill 2018-874 died.

A proposal to increase the speed limit on Baxter Street, a major thoroughfare in north Neosho, from the current 25 to a proposed 35 miles per hour failed to receive a motion after discussion so Bill 2018-874 died.
"This was brought to Traffic Commission last month," Neosho Police Chief David Kennedy told the council at Monday night's monthly meeting.
At the request of the Neosho Traffic Commission, the bill came before council suggesting the speed limit on Baxter Street from Business 49/MO 86 East to North Hickory Avenue to Business 49/Missouri 86 be raised from the current 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour.
Two Neosho residents, Bill and Joy Franks appeared as visitors to protest the speed limit change.
"I live on Twilight Lane," Joy Franks stated. "It comes out at the water tower on Baxter. It's very dangerous to get out (onto Baxter). It normally takes 3-5 minutes. Most drive 45 now, when it's posted at 25. It's a very, very dangerous spot. I hate to see it go up to 35 when they go 45 now. They'll go 55 or 60 miles an hour. I have no other options, no other place to get out."
Bill Franks also addressed council members. "I also live on Twilight Lane. I have problems getting out there. I have problems getting out to go to work with semis coming over the hill. Coming up Baxter, we have county sheriffs and police flying around me. I can't even get their tags because they're already at the highway."
Franks contended that motorists who drive over the speed limit aren't ticketed.
"Actually, there's quite a bit of enforcement in that area," Kennedy said.
During the discussion, various possibilities were considered by the council. Suggestions about signage indicating a dangerous intersection or speed bumps were made by the Franks and other members of the public. Councilman Richard Davidson asked, "What's the difference between Baxter Street and Summit? Why should the speed limit be 35 on Baxter but not on Summit or High Streets."
He also noted that another busy route, Ridgewood Road, also has a 25 mile per hour speed limit without any stops.
Council member William Doubek commented, "Even if we don't raise it (the speed limit), we need to put the signs up."
Councilman Tom Workman also noted, "I think we definitely need some signage both ways."
Neosho City Attorney Steve Hays stated, "We don't have to do it by ordinance - we can just put a sign there."
Joy Franks suggested that trucks should use another street. "It's not a truck route," she said.
Mayor Ben Baker joined the discussion and added, "I'd rather be on the safe side and make the semis drive a little slower. I think a lot of folks would take that (speed limit increase) as license to drive faster. Is there a motion to approve raising the speed limit from 25 to 35? If there is no motion to approve, the bill dies."
No motion was made so the speed limit on Baxter Street will remain at 25 miles per hour.