Written by Larry Limpf
September 10, 2012
Walbridge Mayor Dan Wilczynski said he plans to meet with the Lake Township trustees to discuss a township request to have Walbridge police stop posting a radar unit at the township fire station on Walbridge Road.
He confirmed Thursday he’s received a letter from the trustees asking the police to not place a radar car at the station.
The trustees unanimously approved the letter at their Tuesday meeting. It says the trustees have received calls from residents about village police running radar from the fire station.
Earlier, Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees and lives in Walbridge, said she’s received complaints about the radar from residents and that she’s asked the mayor, Police Chief Ken Frost, and three members of council to not have a cruiser posted at the station.
The stretch of Walbridge Road by the fire station has different speed limits because the west-bound and east-bound lanes are in the village and township respectively.
The station is on township property.
Mayor Wilczynski said he’d have the police department cease running radar from the station pending his meeting with the trustees.
In a related matter, the village will start changing speed limit signs along its main routes to 25 mph, from 35 mph, the mayor said.
The lower limit was directed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, which recently had personnel in the village to review the speed limits with Brian Ballenger, village solicitor.
“They asked how the limits got to be 35 and told us they should be 25,” the mayor said,
The 54 emergency sirens of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station will be tested during the week of Sept. 17.
Each siren will be activated for about 30 seconds.
If residents should hear several sires sounding at the same time for an extended period, they should turn their radios to an Emergency Alert System station for information, said Fred Petersen, director of the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency.
The sirens are located within a 10-mile radius of the power station.
Extra road patrols in Ottawa County that began during the Labor Day will continue to Sept. 30, the sheriff’s department has announced.
Deputies will emphasize enforcement of speeding and drunk driving laws.
Overtime pay for the added patrols is being covered by a grant from the governor’s highway safety office.