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Northwood is looking at installing street lights at Wales and Drouillard roads to improve safety at the intersection.
“We’ve had a couple of accidents there,” Administrator Bob Anderson said at a recent council meeting. “We want to make it as safe as possible.”
The city has received cost estimates to install the lights, he said.
A fatal accident occurred at the intersection in December.
Councilwoman Connie Hughes said she’s had a few calls about the lights.
Anderson said there are currently two stop signs on Drouillard Road.
“We got two stop signs going both ways, one on each side of the road. We have a flashing red light on one of the stop signs. We have a sign indicating a stop sign is coming up. We have a sign that says `Cross Traffic Does Not Stop.’ However, we’re trying to figure out how we can make this safer,” he said.
“We thought about flashing LED stop signs. In fact, we’ve talked about it at the Safety Committee a little bit,” he added.
The Ohio Department of Transportation, he said, is also looking into improving safety at the intersection.
After the meeting, Anderson said that street lights would not have averted the recent accident because it occurred during the day.
“We do have a flashing stop sign there. Just before Christmas, someone blew through the stop sign and hit another car. Unfortunately, she died later of her injuries,” he said.
The street lights, he said, will be installed to improve safety at night.
“It’s pretty dark out there. It concerns us,” he said. “We want to make sure people see the stop signs and don’t run into each other. We have already contacted Toledo Edison. We hope they get them in soon.”
The agreement calls for 100 percent property tax abatement for up to 15 years, said Anderson. The school district will not be affected.
“The company will pay the school district to make it whole,” he said. “It’s good for the city because we will be able to collect income tax from it. Hopefully, it will still be here after 15 years.”
The company, which has outgrown its current location in Rossford, will manufacture heat exchangers at the new 14,080 square foot facility, expected to be constructed this spring on Wales Road.
“The property is already in a Community Reinvestment Area,” said Anderson. “The company is just taking advantage of something we’ve set up to attract new business.”
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing facility last November.