Chino Hills discusses unsafe driving, new policies

Residents of Chino Hills take to the City Council to voice concerns about speeding and racing in the area


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During the Oct. 25 Chino Hills City Council meeting, the issue of speeding on Pipeline Avenue and the adoption of policies that give the council access to funds for community organizations was discussed.

During the allotted time for public comment, a resident of Chino Hills, Jason Boldt, spoke about Pipeline Avenue’s decline from an everyday driving route into something that is “rapidly becoming a drag strip.” Citing a recent civilian death due to high-speed racing as evidence, Bolt communicated concern for the safety of Chino Hills residents and drivers alike regarding high speed racing on Pipeline Avenue between Chino Hills Parkway and Glen Court, even as he said he understood the “appeal of modified cars.”

Unsafe speeds are a danger to all residents, however, children are the most susceptible to speeding accidents, specifically in the area because it is located near Grand Avenue Park. None of the council members chose to comment or respond leaving many audience members in visible confusion. As it seems now, this issue will not be addressed in the near future.

Later, City Manager Benjamin Montgomery introduced a development in the Community Organization Grant Funding Policy. According to the now-revised procedural manual for this policy, council members will now have access to the policy’s funds. Of the $40,000 dedicated to the Community Organization Grant Funding Policy, $15,000 will be directed toward the community foundation and the remaining $25,000 would be split equally between council members and used at their discretion.

However, Montgomery also said that these funds “cannot be used to fund political organizations. … specific religious organizations or for personal reasons.” This was met by general agreement and clarification as to what he meant by personal reasons.

The meeting concluded in memory of resident Addison Conely-Snitily, who died Oct. 12 at the age of 18 from terminal cancer.