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Buckley after input on proposed helmet law

Suggestion is to require helmets for all on wheels

By Shawn Skager

The Courier-Herald

The city of Buckley will host a public hearing at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 8, before the regularly scheduled council meeting, to discuss the implementation of a city wide, all-ages helmet law.

The law, proposed by Cristi Boyle-Barrett, an uncontested candidate for the Position 3 city council seat, will make it against the law for anyone, regardless of age, to ride scooters, skateboards or bicycles in the city of Buckley without a helmet.

At an Oct. 11 council meeting, Councilwoman Beverly Schneider urged that the city get input from the public before voting on whether to implement the law.

“I'd suggest a public hearing,” she said. “I don't necessarily mind having a helmet law for kids, but I don't want to have to wear one.”

Schneider said she was concerned that enforcing the law could be a problem for the city, and that forcing adults to wear the helmets was an infringement on their liberties.

The rest of the council agreed with the need for a public hearing and scheduled it for Nov. 8.

Other business conducted at the Oct. 11 council meeting included, a presentation by Bryan Bowden, a community planner for the National Park Service, concerning the Buckley Historical Walking Tour and concentrating the administration of local trails in Pierce and King Counties into one office.

Bowden presented the council with another draft of the walking trail map, which details a self-guided tour of the city's significant historical places.

In addition to Buckley, walking tour maps will be produced for the cities of Orting, South Prairie, Wilkeson and Enumclaw.

Bowden also discussed the formation of the ForeverGreen Council, which will work in coordination with the Pierce County Conservation District and the Foothills Trails Coalition, to assist local cities in developing a regional trail system.

The ForeverGreen Council will set policy and priorities for the trail system and board members will include local elected officials and business leaders as well as park and recreation directors from Pierce County.

The council also heard concerns from Buckley resident Toni McCullough, who was concerned with reckless driving and excessive speed on 112th Street between Mundy Loss Road East and the city of Buckley.

McCullough said she had witnessed several incidences of drag racing by students from White River High School and urged the council to look into it.

“I'm concerned for the young children who live on that street,” she said.

Buckley Police Chief James Arsanto said the department would conduct an emphasis on the area, including contacting the school and instituting a zero tolerance policy on speeding on the road.

The current speed limit on 112th Street is 35 miles per hour.

The next regularly scheduled Buckley City Council meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Buckley Multipurpose Center at 811 Main St.

Shawn Skager can be reached at sskager@courierherald.com.

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