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Speed limit, traffic changes coming
Lime City Road re-zoning for truck driving school rejected by council By Beth Church
Drivers around Rossford will see a number of traffic changes taking place this month through the new year.
At Monday’s Rossford City Council meeting, Council member Caroline Zuchowski Eckel said the public safety committee recommends the following changes:
•Increasing the speed of Lime City Road from 25 mph to 35 mph from the railroad tracks by the Eagle post to Buck Road.
•Increasing the speed of Glenwood Road from 25 mph to 35 mph after the post office, south of Santus Drive.
•Removing the stop signs on Glenwood at East Elm Tree Road. A sign stating “Cross traffic does not stop” will be installed on the stop sign on East Elm Tree.
“This is no longer a school zone, and stopping traffic at this intersection can be more of a hazard than a help,” Mrs. Eckel said.
•Adding signage to Dixie Highway between Osborn and Eagle Point Road clarifying the intersection ahead, indicating left turn for State Route 65 and right turn for Eagle Point.
•Widening West Elm Tree Road to allow for parking and installing curbs and sidewalks, at least on one side of the roadway.
Law Director Kevin Heban said traffic studies are not required to make the changes.
He noted that the speed limits on “through streets” Glenwood and Lime City are to be set at 35 mph unless the city wishes to reduce it.
Councilman Robert Ruse pointed out that the quality of the railroad tracks at Lime City is deteriorating, making it difficult to travel over them at more than 25 mph.
Police Chief Glenn Goss said some changes will take place in December for which the city already has traffic or speed limit signs, but other signs need to be ordered.
Lime City Re-zoning Rejected
Council rejected a request to re-zone a parcel along Lime City Road proposed for a truck driving school.
Council voted 2-5 to grant the change from A agricultural to PI planned industrial for two parcels on the west side of Lime City, south of Buck Road, that were annexed into the city last year.
Council members Eckel and Moe Minarcin voted in favor of the change. Councilmen Ruse, Jerry Staczek, Larry Oberdorf, Greg Marquette and Dan Wagner voted against it.
The 30.73 acres are owned by Bonnie J. Brossia and Carol Brossia Stephens.
A preliminary site plan for the project was submitted to the planning commission. The site was proposed for a truck driving school by Trainco, which now operates on Oregon Road. Previously the company was located in the Hunger complex on Superior Street, but outgrew that site.
The zoning change was last discussed in August, and tabled until this week’s meeting.
Council members previously expressed concern about infrastructure in the neighborhood, as well as the need for a master plan.
Neighbors had complained about the potential for noise and traffic problems on the road that also is used heavily by school and church traffic.
Additional Roundabout Expense Approved
Council approved an additional $40,000 contribution toward the Buck Road and Lime City Road roundabout project.
City Administrator Mike Scott explained that the engineer’s final estimate is $100,000 more than the original estimate for construction costs of $3.4 million.
In addition, the estimates for right-of-way purchases “have fluctuated greatly.”
Mr. Scott met last week with the other partners in the joint project–Penta Career Center, Perrysburg Township and the Wood County engineer’s office.
They agreed to equally divide the $160,000 cost, so each entity would pay $40,000.
Council had budgeted $400,000 for the work several years ago, and Mayor Neil MacKinnon III said he supports the project.
“We’re getting a $3 million improvement for a $400,000 commitment,” he explained.
Mr. Scott said the project also will include new area water and sewer lines and relocated utilities.
In addition, Councilman Ruse said, a major portion of the ditch on the west side of road, south of Buck, will be covered.
“A very high percentage of the cost is enclosure of the ditch,” he added.
Mr. Scott said the cost also was reduced because Penta donated land for the right-of-way.
Council member Eckel said the option of a traffic signal at the intersection may seem to be cheaper, but would actually be more expensive. A stoplight would require three southbound traffic lanes, she explained.
“To expand the roadway and cover that ditch–that was a tremendous cost,” she said.
Council approved the expense by a 6-1 vote with Councilman Staczek voting no. He believes the city should spend the funds on other road projects instead.
Bob Densic of Birch Drive told council that he is opposed to a roundabout at that location.
Because it facilitates the steady movement of traffic, he questioned the safety of several business driveways within 200 feet of the roundabout.
In other business, council:
•Heard from Council member Eckel that the public works committee discussed phases one and two of the State Route 65 paving project with the Tetra Tech engineering firm.
“The discussion centered around how to handle areas of curbing and sidewalk that will need to be replaced,” she explained.
The firm provided preliminary costs, but will do a full survey between Bacon and Bergin streets.
The committee also heard several financing options for the paving from Mr. Scott and Finance Director Karen Freeman.
“The public works committee is asking for the finance committee to look into options and cuts that can open up monies to use as our matching funds,” she said.
•Authorized a three-year automatic aid agreement between Rossford and Perrysburg fire departments.
•Heard from Mr. Scott that the fire department has responded to 93 calls in November, as of Monday.
“If they hit 100 calls, it will be the fourth month in a row,” he added.
•Learned that the manhole realignments on Colony Road had been delayed, but were scheduled to be completed this week.
“Work also will be happening at the railroad at the end of West Elm Tree,” Mr. Scott said.
Council’s next meeting is 7 p.m., Monday, December 12, at the municipal building, 133 Osborn Street, and is open to the public.
Its second meeting of the month has been scheduled for the same evening, at 7:30 p.m., immediately following the first meeting.
The Journal office in Perrysburg now has the following new hours of operation:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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