Written by Larry Limpf
The Ohio Department of Transportation anticipates completing a speed zone study of the stretch of State Route 51 through Lake Township by Aug. 31.
Michael Stormer, ODOT’s District 2 Planning Engineer, informed the township trustees by letter the department has approved their request for the study.
The department will notify the trustees of its findings in writing when the study is complete, Mr. Stormer’s letter says.
The trustees last month approved a resolution asking for the study and for ODOT to lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 between Fostoria Road and State Route 579.
The section of Route 51 in the township has experienced “an increase in traffic use, accidents, and developmental pressures” the resolution says.
At the trustees’ June 2 meeting, representatives of ODOT said the number of accidents at the Millbury Road/Route 51 intersection doesn’t meet criteria set in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for installing a traffic light.
David Dysard, ODOT District Director, said a traffic signal at the intersection could even make it less safe.
According to ODOT data, there were two crashes at the intersection in 2005; one in 2006; none in 2007; one in 2008, and one this year through May 26. Three of the crashes involved drivers who were cited for being impaired by some substance such as alcohol.
ODOT’s crash history for this year only included a March 6 injury accident at the intersection caused by a driver heading north on Millbury Road not heeding the stop sign.
There was a fatal accident, however, May 3 west of the intersection involving three vehicles.
Fire department levy
A resolution to initiate the process for putting a renewal levy for fire department operations on the ballot has been approved by the trustees.
The 1-mill, 5-year levy will be on the November ballot.
Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, said the levy generates about $242,274 annually.
The levy will be on the ballot in precincts in the villages of Walbridge and Millbury as well as the unincorporated area of the township.
The township also relies on two other levies to support fire department operations and Emergency Medical Service.