ROXBURY — The Board of Selectmen agreed Tuesday evening that at the next budget workshop it will discuss the possibility of installing speed bumps near Roxbury Pond.

At the board’s Aug. 25 meeting, resident Stan Kaubris said that throughout the summer, he noticed “a large number of cars and four-wheelers driving crazy and way over the speed limit.” He said if the town decided to purchase speed bumps, he would pay for the first one to be installed.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Selectman Tim Derouche read a letter from resident Heidi Poulin, who said seconded Kaubris’ opinion about vehicles speeding near Roxbury Pond.

“I just want to reinforce what Mr. Kaubris said, especially after what he said in the newspaper about people not speaking up about the problem,” Poulin wrote. She said additional police presence would likely have little to no effect because “they would need to be set up there for a while to catch anybody speeding.

“Most likely, they’d drive through the area, watch for a little while, and then leave,” Poulin said. “You’d get more bang for your buck with installing speed bumps.”

Poulin said the board may be surprised to find out that the community would be interested in donating some money for the installation of speed bumps.


“It may not cover the whole amount, but it would be a good place to start,” she said.

Derouche said the “issue has gotten serious enough that we ought to look at the possibility of speed bumps.

“We should look at what the cost of a speed bump would be,” he said. “We could look into it and find some solutions. Maybe we could hold a workshop to discuss our options. That may be a good way to get people into a room together and discuss it.”

Selectman Rodney Cross said a workshop would be the board’s best bet at reaching a decision.

“It’s seldom that I’ve seen people driving reckless,” Cross said. “That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen at all, but most people I’ve seen drive within the speed limit. Every now and then, you see someone driving like a bat out of hell.”

Derouche said he rarely saw people driving over the speed limit.

“I agree we should have a workshop, but I haven’t seen people driving that fast, personally,” Derouche said. “I don’t live on the main road, but from what I’ve seen, people drive within the speed limit.”

He said discussion on budgeting money for speed bumps would be addressed at the town’s next budget workshop.

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