A petition regarding dangerous driving speeds prompted the Thomaston Select Board to approve a new weight limit and more speed limit signs on Erin Street. The board also approved research into the price of installing Speed Tables to slow vehicles.

Erin Street resident Nancy Wood read a prepared statement at the opening of the discussion. She described an incident she witnessed recently on Erin Street where a vehicle going “significantly over the speed limit” almost struck a young boy on a bicycle.

Wood said many people walk and bike on Erin Street, and vehicles often speed. “It’s a fatality waiting to happen,” she said.

Wood asked the board to authorize the two existing speed limit signs to be moved to more visible locations, as well as adding more speed limit signs to the street. She also requested that the street have a weight limit to stop the “constant parade of dump trucks” and eighteen-wheelers that currently use it.

Thomaston Police Chief Tim Hoppe confirmed Wood’s statement. “Ms. Wood is correct,” Hoppe told them, and stated he already moved the current speed limit signs. He then asked the board to approve more speed limit signs and requested the installation of speed tables.

Speed tables are an alternative to speed bumps, and slow vehicles down without causing damage.

The board voted to investigate the cost of installing speed tables and authorized Hoppe to order and install the requested signs.

In other business, the board approved the new restaurant, Station 118, for an on-premises license to sell vinous and malt liquor. Troy Crane and Andrew Bridge were in attendance for the restaurant. Bridge said they hope to open “as early as possible.”

The board approved the Customer Service and Billing Agreement with Maine Water Company for sewer billing. Pollution Control Superintendent John Fancy said the agreement would save the town “about $10,000 a year.”

The board approved the Thomaston Police Department to add a detective position instead of hiring a new patrolman. Hoppe said the addition of a detective position would allow the current police officers to focus on enforcing and responding to safety issues.

The board discussed the proposal from Coastal Opportunities to build a residential facility on the Thomaston Green. The 4,400 square foot facility would house six residents and replace the existing home located at 307 Main St.

The board voted to table the issue until more information can be acquired.