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Speed limit enforcement ongoing in Green

11/14/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

GREEN — Two Green roadways are continuing to be monitored for speed violations, especially while children are walking to and from Green Middle School on Steese Road.

Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry gave a report regarding speed limit enforcement to Green City Council during the Public Safety Committee meeting, held just prior to the regular meeting Nov. 12.

Barry said his department was asked to monitor traffic on Golden Wood Way and Meadow Wood Lane so patrol was increased to better ensure the safety of the residents.

He explained the department’s radar car and trailer spent numerous days in the area, beginning Oct. 2, and numerous traffic stops were made and several citations given.

According to Barry, a traffic study also was taken on two separate occasions, and the majority of motorists were found to be driving at or below the marked speed limit.

Mayor Dick Norton thanked the department for its increased efforts on Golden Wood and Meadow Wood.

He said there are a number of young pedestrians in the area on a daily basis, so recent reports of speeding motorists were unsettling to him and city officials.

“There often are children playing in the streets, and we are concerned about that,” he explained.

Norton said the Meadow Wood allotment has become a new method of getting around the city, thus there is the possibility of more speeders and accidents.

The mayor said he sent a letter to every homeowner of the allotment asking for their cooperation and reached out for more enforcement.

Barry said the department’s increased presence in the neighborhood is “sending a message.” He added that patrol would continue in the area, especially during school hours.

Norton thanked the Summit County Sheriff’s Office for being responsive.

Also Nov. 12, during the meeting of the Transportation, Connectivity and Storm Water Committee, a conversation continued regarding an ongoing legal matter concerning a dispute among neighbors.

Council agreed to take time on petitions to narrow and vacate an unnamed right-of-way known as Tim Drive, which abuts Berna Road.

Council also is waiting until later this month to vote on an ordinance recommended by Councilman Gerard Neugebauer (at large) to vacate Tim Drive but leave a portion to a nearby resident so he could maintain his driveway access.

Law Director Stephen Pruneski has been advising the city on the matter.

In addition, Council introduced a resolution during the regular meeting to approve and adopt the 2014 annual operating appropriations for the General Fund and all other funds for the city. The proposed 2014 operating appropriations are $34.6 million, the proposed legislation reflects. City officials said the 2014 operating expenses would be discussed during a Finance Committee meeting scheduled for later this month.

In legislative action:

  • Council approved a resolution declaring the official intent and reasonable expectation of the city of Green on behalf of Ohio (the borrower) to reimburse its General Fund for the Steese Road Reconstruction Project. The legislation allows the city to receive a state loan of $580,000 for 10 years, interest free, officials explained.
  • Council approved amending the definitions of “Adult Family Home” and “Adult Group Home” and the table of allowed uses in the city’s Land Development Code. Neugebauer said the city now will be more consistent with the Ohio Revised Code, allowing for six members to reside in a group home. The city code had limited the number of residents to five, he said. Neugebauer explained an adult home/group home houses individuals with mental or developmental disabilities.
  • Council agreed not to request hearings regarding a new (D5) liquor license request for Black Orchard Grill LLC at 4195 Massillon Road, Unit 217, and the transfer of a liquor license from Portage Lakes IGA to Buehler Food Markets at 4045 S. Main St.
  • Council introduced a resolution requesting the Ohio Director of Transportation Jerry Wray to declare a reasonable and safe speed limit for Mount Pleasant Street, between Frank and Pittsburgh avenues (Mayfair Road), to be 45 mph, based on the findings of a recent speed zone study by MasterMind Systems.

In other business:

√ Council held an executive session to discuss a personnel matter in the Fire Department and pending litigation with the Redwood Management Co.

√ Councilman Joel Reed (at large) reminded residents — at the request of Dominion East Ohio Gas — to call before digging on their properties to avoid hitting a gas line. The number to call before a project is 800-362-2764. He explained a representative will come to a property, free of charge, to mark where not to dig.

√ Norton reported the Central Park Steering Committee continues to make progress regarding the city’s proposed Central Park. He said the committee is making “great recommendations” concerning what should be included in the park.

√ Norton announced the Green Gives Back Food Drive kicked off and runs through Dec. 31. Residents are asked to donate health and beauty supplies and nonperishable canned goods to help local residents in need. Drop-off locations include the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road; Green Family YMCA, 3800 Massillon Road; FirstMerit Bank, 3770 Massillon Road; and Pet Supplies Plus, 790 Arlington Ridge, Suite 305.

The next Council meeting is set for Nov. 26, starting at 5 p.m. for committees and the regular meeting at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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