Speeding has become a problem on Church Street, according to Lorin Lee. The Church Street resident has asked Village of Swanton officials for help in tackling the problem, and spoke to council last Monday about what could be done.
Lee said he is worried about the many kids in the area. “I want to see if there is something we can do to make the pathway between Hallett and Main Street, not a highway.”
Some action have already been taken to address the issue. A 25 mph new speed limit was put up just east of Crestwood Drive and police presence has increased on the street.
Mayor Roth said she and Village Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle have spoken with Swanton Police Chief Adam Berg about the issue.
She mentioned the possibility of borrowing from the State Highway Patrol a sign that shows the speed of cars traveling past. “It’s a start, it’s not a solution. But it’s a start to bring awareness to people,” Roth said.
Lee also brought up another safety issue – the lack of sidewalk on Crestwood Drive between Church Street and Crestwood Elementary School and the oftentimes hectic pick-up and drop-off times at the school.
“It’s just a big bottleneck right there,” said Lee. “And they’re so in a rush to try to drop their kids off and get out of there.”
He added that he often has to direct his son into wet grass when walking to school because of oncoming vehicles. Walking to school when there is snow on the ground can be nearly impossible.
“He made a very good point about the schools, when you’re picking up or dropping off. I’ve been there and done that,” said council member Kathy Kreuz. “It’s very congested.”
Roth added that village officials could talk to officials from the school district to see if anything can be done regarding pick-up and drop-off.
Also at the meeting, representatives from Maumee Valley Planning Organization (MVPO) introduced themselves to council. The MVPO has taken over the duties of operating the regional planning commission in Fulton County following the resignation of former director David Wright.
Executive director Dennis Miller told council of the services MVPO offers including help securing grants for downtown improvements and eliminating combined sewer overflows. Assistance can also be provided on planning and zoning.
• Trick or Treat will be Saturday, Oct. 29 to coincide with the Halloween Hoopla event in downtown Swanton.
• Council passed a motion for a letter to be sent to various parties requesting an environmental assessment for the area around the proposed Norfolk Southern project. The letter will be sent to the Ohio EPA and other parties.
• Council approved an emergency ordinance to extend a general engineering services agreement with Jones and Henry engineers.
• During the Public Safety Committee meeting, medical marijuana was discussed. The Swanton Plan Commission is recommending a complete ban on cultivating, processing, and sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
• The Public Service Committee discussed amending fees. Possible increased charges included labor and inspection services. No action was taken.
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