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Speed limits being enforced around Portage Lakes

6/20/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

COVENTRY — People may feel the need to speed around the Portage Lakes community, but one governing body promises violators would be held responsible.

At the June 13 meeting, the Coventry Board of Trustees addressed public concerns regarding vehicles traveling too fast through certain parts of the township.

One area closely being monitored: Portage Lakes Drive.

Trustee Chairman David Calderone said speed has been an issue on Portage Lakes Drive for some time.

Motorists just need to slow down, he said.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has the Speed Enforcement Task Force monitoring Portage Lakes Drive and issuing tickets appropriately, Calderone explained.

“We need to change driving habits in that area,” he said.

Michael Castelli, of North Bender Avenue, told the board traffic has increased quite a bit near his home recently. He explained the 35-mph speed limit is not being honored by most motorists. According to Castelli, the majority of traffic travels 50 mph on North Bender, which makes him nervous, as there are numerous children in the neighborhood. The board encouraged him to go through with a petition to have the speed limit lowered, possibly to 25 mph, on North Bender. The board promised to do its part to get the issue looked into further and perhaps have a traffic study conducted.

“People are driving faster everywhere it seems,” Calderone said.

He said the township could have a radar sign placed on North Bender to make motorists more aware of their current speed in relation to the speed limit as a way to address the issue sooner rather than later.

Calderone said there is one deputy on duty in the township, so it has been difficult to tackle speeding issues. He suggested the board look into what could be done to have the speed limits enforced more in the near future.

During the meeting, the board also addressed concerns regarding the Shore Acres Neighborhood Association.

Trustee Tom Seese explained, “things are not going as expected” in the allotment, and residents have asked the board to get involved.

Seese said the board encouraged the association to call a meeting, which it currently is not in the practice of doing, to review the rules for the allotment. He explained the current bylaws are not being followed. Eventually the board will meet with the association’s elected officials and then with the local residents to address the current issues taking place.

Additionally at the meeting, the board praised two “heroes” for rescuing a motorist from a fish hatchery recently, as a result of a car accident. Trustee Gary Zoldesy said Drew Wilkie and Angie Small rescued the driver from the water, saving his life.

Also at the meeting, the trustees:

  • approved Gangle Excavating to perform the demolition of 3732 Manchester Road, the former home of Pickle’s Dry Cleaner, at a cost of $4,000;
  • approved seeking an additional $25,000 through the Moving Ohio Forward Grant program, with no matching funds needed, to remove additional blighted structures from the township;
  • approved contracts totaling about $147,400 for the 2013 road construction projects in the township, which is 25 percent less in cost than original estimates;
  • agreed to sell a mower no longer being used by the township to Springfield Township for $8,000, the fair market value;
  • approved the purchase of a 2013 tandem roller, replacing a 1991 asphalt roller, for a cost of $33,740, which was appropriated for at the beginning of the year;
  • heard an update from Zoning Inspector George Beckham concerning the demolition program in the township, which reportedly is going strong, as eight additional sites will be ready to be torn down soon; and
  • discussed plans to address the Killian/Cosmos/Buttercup drainage issues through a possible Community Development Block Grant that could help fund a solution to the flooding issue.

The next regular Coventry trustees’ meeting is set for July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 68 Portage Lakes Drive.

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