State Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) has offered testimony on a bill he says will clarify responsibilities for maintaining grade separations over the Ohio Turnpike.
Testifying before the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, Damschroder said House Bill 40, which he is sponsoring, would ensure the Ohio Turnpike Commission is responsible for major maintenance, repair, and replacement of grade separations at intersections of any turnpike project with county and township roads. Routine maintenance would be the responsibility of counties or townships.
The impetus behind the bill, he said, stems from problems in Sandusky County but the bill, if passed, would affect all counties straddling the turnpike and could also save them money if they have similar issues.
An open house for Ottawa County property owners, lenders, insurance firms, and real estate professionals to review a preliminary flood insurance study will be held Feb. 28 in the multi-purpose room at the Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The open house will be held from 4-7 p.m.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources are hosting the event and will be available for one-on-one discussions. Recently completed flood insurance rate maps will also be on display for review by residents.
Flood insurance rate maps are considered the official maps on which FEMA delineates special hazard areas and risk premium zones applicable to communities.
City plows, while clearing streets of snow in the last couple of weeks, have inadvertently covered fire hydrants, raising concerns in Oregon about the ability of the fire department to find them to fight a possible fire.
City Councilman James Seaman said at a meeting last week that he had just cleared snow from his front yard when a city plow sprayed additional snow onto the apron of his driveway and onto a nearby fire hydrant.
“It’s a safety concern. We’re having a banner year for snow. In front of my house, I have a fire hydrant. By the time I’m shoveling the apron of my driveway, the plows, which are coming through real nicely, are plowing the snow up. It’s almost like it’s not there anymore,” Seaman said of the hydrant. “I’m sure it’s like that in other parts of the city.”
The possibility of the fire department not being able to access or find a hydrant at a time when people are increasingly using auxiliary heaters in their homes as a result of the snow and cold temperatures, said Seaman, is very real.
A vote by city council to amend the municipal code that would allow for signs with electronic changeable copy will have to wait.
The city’s Economic Development and Planning Committee has been discussing the proposed changes since last month, but wants to fine tune the measure before sending it to council.
“It’s something the committee has talked about twice,” said Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian. The committee will meet next Monday at 7 p.m. before the 8 p.m. council meeting, to further discuss the changes, he added.
“There are some points in which we have reached some consensus,” Councilman Jerry Peach, chairman of the Economic Development and Planning Committee, said. “We committee members are well aware that not all members of council are there. There’s a couple of other things that are still under consideration.”