Pedestrians crossing Washington Street behind the hospital will soon be a bit safer.

Booneville aldermen voted Tuesday to add speed bumps on both sides of the crosswalk between Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville’s south employee entrance and the employee parking lot on the south side of the street. A flashing yellow warning light will also be installed above the crosswalk to alert motorists.

BMH-Booneville Chief Administrative Officer Jason Coley asked the board for assistance in slowing traffic on the street. He said employees of the hospital have raised concerns about the safety of the crossing due to motorists speeding through the area and not watching for pedestrians. He thanked the board for taking action on the issue.

Coley also asked the board for their support and the assistance of the city’s engineer as the hospital prepares to demolish the former Dr. Cartwright office on Washington Street. The administrator said they plan to build a utility support building on the site of the office which will include new chillers and boilers for the hospital. The work will require pipes to run under the street to connect the new building with the main hospital building and the board directed City Engineer David Moore to work with the hospital’s engineer on those plans.

Coley said they expect work on the building to be completed next fall.

In other business, the board:

Received an update on the police department project. Mayor Chris Lindley said he’s spoken with the architect and they expect to begin seeking bids after the first of the year for construction on the former Fred’s store building on Second Street which will be renovated and remodeled to house the police department and municipal court offices.

Approved hiring Jake Allen Turner as a full-time police officer.

Approved hiring Hunter Hoard as an in-house technician in the gas and water department.

Approved posting to hire an in-house technician in the gas and water department.

Approved seeking quotes for striping on Jacinto Road and West College Street.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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