Pembroke wants slower speed limit on N.C. 711

First Posted: 1/15/2009

PEMBROKE - Town officials said Monday that they want motorists coming to town to make it there safely.
So the Pembroke Town Council plans to ask the state to lower the speed limit from 55 to 35 mph on N.C. 711 beginning at Chicken Road, near Pembroke Hardware.
&#8220I've been approached by quite a few citizens about the speed through there,” said Councilman Larry Brooks. &#8220It is excessive and the problems date back before those new businesses were annexed into town. It's really a danger down through there.”
The resolution, adopted unanimously, will be sent to the state Department of Transportation.
&#8220We can only make a recommendation,” Town Manager McDuffie Cummings said after the meeting. &#8220It's their decision.”
Also on Monday, the council awarded a $33,000 administrative contract to Hobbs, Upchurch and Associates to handle the sewer services to COMtech park, which is about three miles outside of Pembroke. Cummings said the work is expected to benefit the park as well as other businesses that might locate along N.C. 711.

Cummings said one of the first businesses expected to take advantage of the sewer extension will be Native Angels, which broke ground in November on the first phase of a $12 million project that is expected to create 117 jobs. The 36,000-square-foot business complex is being built at COMtech. There also are plans to build a 110,000 square-foot regional sports complex. The entire project should be completed in three years.
Grants from N.C. Rural Economic Development Center and a Community Development Block Grant will pay for the work.
&#8220There are no expenses for the town,” Mayor Milton Hunt said.
In other business, the board:
- Announced it will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 35-acre park and sports complex on March 23. It will be on N.C. 711, across from Pembroke Hardware. The $4.1 million park is expected to be ready by October.
- Agreed to proclaim Saturday Pembroke Drug Center Day. The center will celebrate its 40th anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, games and prizes. Now called Healthkeeperz, the agency provides home medical equipment and respiratory services, home health services and nursing services.
&#8220There are not many other persons more deserving of this proclamation than (Healthkeeperz President) Howard Brooks,” Councilman Larry McNeill said. &#8220He is a person that I respect so much.”

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