N.B. wants direct talks with ODOT officials on roundabout PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 11:52
Trafic moves around the new roundabout in North Baltimore. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - Village administrators have asked for a representative from the Ohio Department of Transportation to attend a work session to discuss continued concerns about the village's roundabout.
At Wednesday's village council meeting, Mayor Mike Julien and Administrator Kathy Healy both said they had talked with ODOT and asked to have someone attend this month's or February's Committee of the Whole meeting to answer council's questions about the posted speed limit on the roundabout south of the village.
Again, the discussion was that there is no way a vehicle could take the roundabout at the posted 50 miles per hour. The village has repeatedly asked why ODOT won't lower the limit on eastbound and westbound Ohio 18 approaching the new road configuration.
ODOT's position is the curve entering the roundabout should alert drivers to a slow down for traffic ahead, and no other signs are needed.
ODOT prohibits the addition of any signs not approved by the agency, and to date, the department has held firm on its decision.
This month's COTW meeting will be Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the administrative offices.
Also discussed was "the usual complaint" as to why there is snow in the middle of the street, said Councilman Bill Cameron.
Residents point out that neither Bowling Green nor Findlay have a "snow median," as the mayor put it, on main roads.
Both Bowling Green and Findlay use front-end loaders to remove snow and fill dump trucks to haul it to a dump site nearby.
Councilman Greg Waaland suggested the village start budgeting for better snow removal, and suggested it be discussed at next week's COTW meeting.
Also on the agenda for the committee meeting is funding to train the village's own School Resource Officer as well as a secondary SRO; pay for EMS and fire personnel; and filling a full-time streets department position.
Healy also has asked SRO Mandy Slane to attend this month's COTW meeting to share with council what she is doing in the schools.
The village and North Baltimore Schools share the cost of having Slane in the district.
Council also heard from EMS Chief John Van Scoder that his squad has had 478 calls last year.
"In the 12 years I've been here, this is the highest numbers we've had," said Van Scoder.
Waaland suggested also adding to the COTW agenda discussion about looking into a full-time emergency squad.
Council also:
• Learned from Finance Officer Chris Kirk that income tax collection in the village was $7,136 more in 2012 than it was in 2011.
• Heard from Healy that she is looking into the cost of installing a tornado siren near Westhaven Apartments on Sprigg Street.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 12:16

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