Town continues efforts to slow drivers around Norma Oliver Village 

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By Justin Roshak, Contributing Writer

Residents at the Norma Oliver Village have recently noted a number of cars speeding through pedestrian crossings.
Residents at the Norma Oliver Village have recently noted a number of cars speeding through pedestrian crossings.

HUDSON – Efforts to calm speeding in and around the Norma Oliver public senior housing complex at 4 Glen Rd. in Hudson are ramping up with more numerous and sophisticated signage. 

Norma Oliver has 92 one-bedroom units. Resident representatives have repeatedly complained of drivers moving at high speeds through the complex. 

In response, the Housing Authority has recently installed speed limit signs. An additional four yellow “Slow” signs arrived last week and await installation around the circle at Glen Road, Housing Authority Executive Director Jaclyn Beaulieu added at a Sept. 9 Housing Authority Board meeting. 

“The speeding hasn’t really stopped,” said resident advocate Lillian MacNeil at that meeting. She added, “The signs sound good.”

She described a recent argument she had with a driver, which she said ended inconclusively.

Resident advocate Mary Lou McKeone also urged the board to repaint the one-way signs that are painted on the street, which she said have faded to near-invisibility. 

“People are going the wrong way,” McKeone observed.  

The Authority also plans to purchase and install a solar-powered, flashing “Slow” sign.

“It’s one more tool in the toolbox to alert drivers when they enter the complex out here to be mindful of their speed,” said Fire Chief and Authority board member Bryan Johannes. 

“I vote yes for the disco sign,” said MacNeil.

Residents previously voiced concerns about speeding at a meeting back on July 8.

At the time, the Housing Authority Board discussed plans to install new signs. 

New signs were in place just over a month later, on Aug. 5, when MacNeil came before the board to offer feedback on their response.

“Thank you for the signs,” she said. 

She also said to Beaulieu, “You really need to talk to your maintenance guys because they’ve been speeding through here.”