CAMDEN — The Select Board voted unanimously Nov. 29 to approve a new traffic calming policy for the town that allows residents to petition the town to take action to reduce speeding or other traffic problems in their neighborhoods.

This was the second meeting at which the policy was discussed by the board.

“The intention of this policy is not to eliminate cut-through traffic,” the policy states. “However, if there is found to be a cause for a significant volume of traffic being diverted to neighborhood streets from arterial roads, the town will consider any practical and cost-effective solutions for addressing the underlying issue.”

The policy allows citizens to request the installation of traffic calming measures. Measures that could be taken by the town if a problem is found to exist could include new signs, speed bumps, chicanes, on-street parking or bike lanes to narrow the street.

“Resident or property owner/neighborhood associations may submit a traffic calming request application,” the document states. “In order to submit the application, signatures must be received from the majority of the residents living in the area where the traffic calming project is requested.”

In response to the application, the town will conduct a speed study and traffic count of the area. Town staff will attempt to clarify the specific problem, whether it is speed, high traffic volume or cut-through traffic.

The town will also hold a meeting with residents to determine the extent of their concerns.

The policy concludes, saying, “One month prior to the implementation of the permanent traffic calming project a letter will be sent by mail to all residents in the identified area to inform them of the traffic calming solution, the date it will be implemented and where they go for additional information or to provide feedback/file a complaint.”

In other business, Town Manager Audra Caler suggested the town buy the parking lot behind the Knox Mill and the lot where the skate park is now rather than later. She said the town has a lease-to-purchase agreement, but could buy the property outright. She said this might serve the town including providing a place for EV charging. The town has funding from the increase in the value of a TIF.