Oregon is considering installing advisory lights notifying motorists when trains are blocking Otter Creek Road to give them time to find detours before getting caught in traffic.
Oregon Councilman Jerry Peach said at a meeting March 10 that the lights would be similar to those at Pickle and Woodville roads, and Pickle and Wheeling roads.
“At the February 24 meeting, our last regular meeting, the mayor had said that the administration would likely be reevaluating the road program and identifying funds that might be available that would go toward the roads,” said Peach. “I’d like the administration to consider, while looking at the road program, trying to find funds for installing a warning light notifying the public and fire and police department that there may be a train blocking Otter Creek Road.”
The lights would be placed at the intersection of Millard Avenue and Otter Creek Road and at Otter Creek and Corduroy roads.
“I think that would be a doable project. I hope funds could be found for the installation…sooner rather than later,” he said.
Administrator Mike Beazley agreed.
“We’re going to take a look at that. As the mayor pointed out, our notions of our street needs are evolving with our weather. The good news is we’re not going to have any more snow this season and we won’t have to worry about it. We’ll be able to get to it very quick,” said Beazley.
Also at the meeting, council:
- Awarded a contract for the purchase of 15, 800 MHZ portable radios and accessories to P&R Communications Service, Inc., Oregon, for $53,047.50. Acting Fire Chief Paul Mullen said it went through the state bidding process. “The radios will bolster our fleet of portable radios that are aging. They are under the state bidding contract. They come with regular service warranty and an additional two year warranty,” said Mullen, adding that the existing radios are no longer made by Motorolla “so ultimately they will be replaced.”
- Heard Council President Dennis Walendzak offer condolences to the family of Leonard Wasserman, former Oregon councilman and mayor, who died on March 10. Wasserman, who was 87, served on council from 1965 to 1975, and as mayor from 1975 to 1981.