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Coldwater considers traffic study on US 12, Reed set to retire from police department

Coldwater City Hall
Coldwater City Hall

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Are the speed limits on U-S 12 through Coldwater too high, too low or maybe just right? The Coldwater City Council tonight will consider a resolution asking the Michigan Department of Transportation to conduct a speed study of the roadway. In part, the resolution reads, “traffic on US-12 from Fiske to Old US-12 has steadily increased over the past 10 years due to the development and growth of Coldwater and the development has increased the number of access points to the state trunkline resulting in an increase in traffic congestion and the volume of turning traffic along the corridor”. The resolution goes on to say, “it has become increasingly difficult for residents to negotiate left-hand turns, or move into and out of the flow of traffic safely due to the increased volume of traffic.” The City says it’s understood it will abide by the decision made by MDOT and the Michigan State Police as a result of this speed study.

Meanwhile, City Manager Jeff Budd says Coldwater Police Corporal Tom Reed has announced his intention to retire after 35 years of dedicated service to the citizens of the City of Coldwater in early 2014. Tom started his career in 1978 as a patrol officer and promoted up to the rank of Corporal. More recently, he had served as the School Resource Officer for Coldwater Community Schools. Budd says Reed has graciously agreed to remain on duty until his replacement can be hired and trained. A more formal announcement will be made when his retirement date is set.