North Las Vegas community may be forced to remove speed bumps


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North Las Vegas community may be forced to remove speed bumps

By Michael Lopardi. CREATED Apr 8, 2014

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Despite neighbor concerns about drivers speeding, the North Las Vegas Fire Department may force homeowners in one community to remove their speed bumps.

The speed bumps in Las Palmeras, near Ann Road and Camino Al Norte, were installed around 2002, according to the homeowners association. Nearly 12 years later, the city's fire department said the speed bumps may have been installed without permission and will likely have to go.

"People drive through our community way too fast," said David Burns, HOA vice president.

Burns is a homeowner who said he first moved in around 2004.

"These speed bumps have been here ever since," Burns said. "I don't know why all of a sudden, they want to come and take them out."

The city fire code limits speed bumps to private roads serving commercial buildings following approval from a fire official. After receiving a complaint, the fire department wants proof the community had permission from the city to install roughly 15 speed bumps or they must be removed. 

Burns said people have moved, the community managers changed and finding any such documents more than a decade later is difficult. The current community manager told Action News that it's unclear if the community ever received speed bump approval and the city only keeps its copies of those documents for a few years.

"I'm OK with the fact they get rid of the speed bumps but I want the gates back up," said homeowner Rickey English, noting the community used to be gated. He agreed that speeding is a problem in the neighborhood.

The North Las Vegas Fire Department said it is not cracking down on speed bumps. Captain Cedric Williams, fire spokesman, said the process is complaint-driven and noted the city received a complaint from someone who lives in Las Palmeras.

"For us, it's more of a safety issue and a safety concern," Williams said.

Firefighters said speed bumps slow emergency response and can also damage fire trucks. Even if the roads are private, they are still subject to the fire code, Williams said.

"Our job is to educate them and help them through the process," Williams said. "Maybe there are some other options out there."

Burns said it's unclear how much it would cost to remove the speed bumps, a cost homeowners would likely have to cover.

"I think it's just going to increase the speeds, to be quite honest with you," Burns said. "People who speed even faster down these roads."

Williams said the community would not be grandfathered because speed bump restrictions were in place in 2002. 

The city has given the HOA until next week to come up with proof of approval. Williams said the fire department is working with the community in hopes of finding a resolution.