Road closures frustrate Walbridge drivers
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Saturday, 10 August 2013 07:57
WALBRIDGE - Driving in the village will be a challenge for a few more days.
At Wednesday's council meeting, a resident complained about the Union Street closing at the railroad tracks - on top of the Wales Road closing.
"It's a nightmare. Is it ever going to be fixed," asked Mike Springer.
Councilman Ken Gilsdorf, who is chairman of the infrastructure, buildings and lands committee, said Union Street will probably be open next week. The closing was due to a gas line being hit, he said.
Gilsdorf also said a flagger is on duty, allowing some traffic to cross the tracks on Union Street. As of Friday morning, the intersection was still closed.
Wales Road, between Oram and East Broadways roads, is closed through September as the Ohio Department of Transportation constructs two overpasses. The $12.3 million project brings together Drouillard and Wales roads.
Larry Boday also brought a complaint to council. He again asked that mosquito spraying be done earlier in the evening. The spraying is now done after 11 p.m. and is extremely loud, said Boday, who is running for a council seat in the November election.
Mayor Ed Kolanko said there are a few reasons why the spraying is done at night. He said the spray is not preventative; it must be used when mosquitoes are out to be effective, which is late evening. It also takes 2 1/2 hours to spray the village, which must be worked into an employee's schedule.
Kolanko added that he also fields calls from residents who say Walbridge should spray for mosquitoes more.
Boday also asked why emergency stop signs were not placed at the at Rehton Parkway and Windsor Drive intersection. Council had discussed that at the July 17 meeting.
Kolanko said several signs for a few intersections in the village that don't have them are on order.
Boday also asked if council could move its regular Wednesday meetings to Thursdays. He said Wednesday is a church night for many village residents, making it difficult to attend council meetings.
Also at the meeting, council:
• Approved an ordinance assessing six property owners for weed and grass cutting. The ordinance had a first reading on July 17.
• Heard a second reading on an ordinance leasing two copiers for the office and police station for $251 a month for 60 months with MT Business Technologies Inc., Holland. Kolanko has said the copiers will allow employees to store records electronically, making the offices more efficient.
• Heard from Tom Mackin, who is running for Perrysburg Municipal Court judge.