Representatives from the District 2 office of the Ohio Department of Transportation have confirmed they’ll attend the June 2 meeting of the Lake Township Board of Trustees to discuss the State Route 51/Millbury Road intersection.
ODOT District Deputy Director David Dysard says in an e-mail response to the township solicitor that “…at least two of us from the District 2 office…” will attend the meeting “…to field questions and discuss the most effective strategies to deal with safety issues at the intersection.”
Township trustees have grown frustrated with the state’s response to their repeated requests for safety improvements at the intersection, where there have been two serious accidents this year, including a fatal, three-vehicle crash earlier this month.
The trustees have been pressing for a traffic signal at the corner but ODOT, citing criteria set in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, has claimed the intersection doesn’t qualify.
The transportation department conducted a review of the crash history at the site for 2005-08.
“The results show there were a total of five crashes in those four years,” says Michael Stormer, District Planning Engineer for ODOT, in an April 28 letter to the trustees.
He said three of the five accidents involved an “angle crash.”
“As a result of this type of crash pattern and the existing intersection skew we will modify the pavement markings on the Millbury Road stop approaches to align the motorists to become perpendicular with SR 51 whey have stopped on Millbury Road,” Stormer’s letter says.
ODOT has already made those improvements.
The department also plans to add “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs to the existing stop signs on Millbury Road.
The trustees meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the township administration building, 27975 Cummings Road.
Preparing for levy
The Woodmore school board has approved a resolution to proceed with a property tax levy for the Aug. 4 ballot.
The board also approved retaining Squire, Sanders & Dempsey as counsel for issuing Classroom Facilities Improvement Bonds.
In other action, the board approved the transfer of $4,243 to the athletic fund for improvements to the baseball and softball fields.
The money was transferred from inactive student activity accounts.
News link to sheriff
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department has launched a new community service to deliver timely information by the Web, e-mail, and text message.
Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said the service, created by Nixle, LLC, is the first certified and secure communication platform that allows local law enforcement agencies to connect with residents in a geographically-targeted way.
He said the company uses the same model as other popular social applications, but noted the security ensures the information disseminated is authentic.
“Our agency has experienced a great deal of positive feedback from our existing Cyber Block Watch program and we wanted to expand to an even more feature rich and secure messaging service,” the sheriff said, adding that Nixle, a free service, is unique in that information can be disseminated based on a subscriber’s geographical location so that the most relevant messages reach those who have signed up for the service.
For information visit www.woodcountysheriff.com and click on Nixle Alerts.
B-C-S board to meet
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will hold its regular meeting May 26, beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school media center, 11661 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. There will be a brief social hour prior to the meeting to honor staff members who have retired. A work session will immediately follow the regular meeting.