Rossford to straighten key city intersection

ROSSFORD – A short-handed city council voted to go forward with a plan to straighten out the intersection
of Lime City Road, Ohio 65 and Colony Road.
The most expensive of the two discussed plans came with the recommendation of the Pubic Works Committee.
It will cost $1,760,000.
The resolution authorizes the city administration to contract for engineering and design of the project.

The project will remove a jog between where Lime City connects to Route 65 and where Colony Road
connects. It will also add turn lanes on Route 65 and a center island on Lime City Road.
The plan additionally calls for a bike lane from the intersection up Lime City to the All Saints School.
That stretch of road has no sidewalk.
The $620,000 federal grant that will fund a chunk of the project is predicated on constructing the bike
path.
The city has already set aside $310,000 for the project. City Administrator Ed Ciecka said he expects the
city will have to borrow money for the rest.
City resident Wendell Charles questioned whether the intersection, which has been in this configuration
for so long, and the bike path were really worth the cost.
In other business, Greg Marquette reported that several landlords attended a meeting of the Zoning and
Technology Committee to discuss the proposed registration of rental properties.
The principal complaint, he said, was the fee structure, which calls for an annual registration fee.
He indicated eliminating the annual fee, but keeping the initial registration fee, was a possibility.
"It is the intent of the committee to put in front of council a document that is both beneficial to
our community, but one that can be accepted on good terms by the rental property owners," Marquette
said in his report.
The ordinance was given a second reading.
Council also approved transferring a small lot on Osborne Street to the Wood County Port Authority. The
intent, Ciecka said, is for the authority to turn around and sell, for a minimal fee, the land to a
neighbor who has been using the lot.
The lot with 30-foot frontage, Mayor Neil MacKinnon III said, is "unbuildable."
The city acquired it through a foreclosure.
Ciecka said the neighbor had an unregistered land agreement with the owners, and was paying in small
amounts with the intent to eventually purchase the property. But that deal went by the wayside with the
owner’s death.
By transferring the property to the neighbor it will now be on the city’s tax rolls, generating tax
revenue.
Marquette said that the property should not be sold for $1, but rather for the $200 the city had to pay
in taxes last year.
The ordinance was passed unanimously with Larry Oberdorf and Robert Ruse absent.
The council additionally passed an ordinance to forbid parking of vehicles on front lawns. City code had
allowed cars to be parked for six hours. Residents can still get a permit to allow such parking for a
special event.