The Police Department will need funding for a dedicated traffic unit to enforce several new, lower speed limits in town, said Chief Ronald Giorgetti.
“It’s not as simple as saying ‘this is the salary for two new officers,’” Giorgetti told the Item Thursday. “There’s the benefits, the cost of training. It’s a lot more than just salary.”
The Board of Selectmen voted to lower the speed limit to 25 miles per hour on Central Street Wednesday night. This was the final road the board set out to take up after a group of residents petitioned for slower speeds.
The panel voted unanimously in December to lower the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour on Bisbee Road, Hanson Road, Iron Works Way, Cider Mill Road, Vinegar Hill Drive, and Hitching Hill Road.
Earlier this month, they did the same for Essex Street, Main Street, and Lincoln Avenue.