Cottonwood Shores council discusses lower 2147 speed limit, dwindling police force

JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

COTTONWOOD SHORES — Drivers soon might have to slow down even more on FM 2147 from Cottonwood Shores to Horseshoe Bay thanks to a measure to match the two cities’ speed limits.

But enforcing any reduced speed limits might be another issue.

The Cottonwood Shores council voted unanimously on an ordinance to reduce the speed limit in town to 45 mph to match the Horseshoe Bay speed limit.

According to mayor Donald Orr, the city’s ordinance paves the way for the state to change the road signs. Enforcement, he said, will not begin until the signs are replaced.

Enforcement of any kind might be difficult after the first of the year, according to Cottonwood Shores Police Chief Harold Piatt.

In a separate agenda item, Piatt told the council he could be the only officer on the force by the first of the year as officers have taken other jobs.

“When we advertised for the position, I had no responses,” Piatt said.

The job offered a $30,000 salary and required one year of police experience in Texas.

Compared to other area departments, the pay was well below what they offered.

No action was taken by the council, although Orr offered a few suggestions as to how the city could find funds to offer a higher salary.

Also during the Sept. 19 meeting, the council voted to return a counter-contract offer to the Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department of $33,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

The department submitted a proposal of $36,000 a year at the meeting. The counter-offer will be discussed by the fire department’s board at its next meeting.

jared@thepicayune.com