Residents getting action on speeders
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During the Wednesday, July 11, Sunbury Village Council meeting, several Sunbury Meadows Drive residents were in chambers to ask council members if they could do anything to slow traffic on their street.
The concerned residents live close to the Sunbury Meadows entrance on Ohio 3. They said residents living at the far end of Sunbury Meadows Drive are travelling along the 25 mph road at speeds up to 40 mph, there are children in the neighborhood, and there have been close calls in the past. They said when residents yell at drivers to slow down many of them respond with obscene gestures, even when children are present; and in at least one case a physical threat was made.
The residents said they would prefer to have three-way stop signs installed at neighborhood intersections to slow traffic, and also stop signs and marked crosswalks at the development’s two existing school bus stops where Sunbury Meadows Drive intersects with Mill Run Drive and at the Saffron intersection.
Sunbury Village Administrator Dave Martin explained that the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has rules about using stop signs for traffic control. Martin said that the village could have the intersections examined by the village engineer for safety issues.
Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield promised the residents that he would give his personal attention to addressing the issue.
Fast-forward to last Wednesday’s village council meeting when Sunbury Meadows Drive resident Angela Foust was in chambers to thank council members for addressing the issue.
Foust said she has noticed more police patrols in the area, and understood that there were discussions about putting a three-way stop sign at the Mill Run Drive and Sunbury Meadows Drive intersection.
“If you come to council and speak I guess people do listen and things get done,” Foust said.
Hatfield said slowing traffic down to the speed limit in a village residential neighborhood is something that, in his words, council is happy to do.
Hatfield also said that Big Walnut Local School District Superintendent Steve Mazzi and assistant superintendent Gary Barber will craft a letter to ODOT expressing concerns about the safety of school children along that stretch of roadway.
Village of Sunbury Tree & Landscape Commission member Janet Metzler reported that the tree commission is holding a fundraiser at Ace Hardware in the parking lot food vending trailer from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be available on a donation basis, with proceeds going towards tree replacement costs and village beautification projects.
During his report to council, village administrator Dave Martin said that street department crews are continuing with crack sealing village streets. They have completed Harrison Street, Rainbow Avenue, Middleview Drive, Southview Drive and Walnutview Drive. The only street they have left to complete on this year’s schedule is Burrer Drive.
“The summer part-time help has been working on weed trimming in JR Smith Park and along the creek adjacent to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial and Evening Park,” Martin added.
Martin said he would meet with Fred Holmes from Volunteer Energy on July 19 to begin the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio certification process for natural gas aggregation; and he will subsequently meet with representatives from Border Energy to go through the same process for electricity aggregation.
Martin also said there’s a possibility of getting all of the village’s storm warning sirens updated using grant money. He said that Delaware County EMA would help with the grant application process, but the village must commit to its share of the cost before the process begins.
Martin also reported that the village received a $158,000 check from Dominion Homes for one half of its committed 2012 sewer tap purchase for the year; a Cheshire Road resident called about raw sewage in a ditch (it was discovered that a homeowner’s aerator was not functioning properly, and the home is outside the village limits); and there was a water main break on Evening Street.
Village Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, reported that the chemical building project at the village’s wastewater treatment plant is complete and the plant is meeting the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s new plant effluent phosphorous limits.
Hall said the final plan has been approved for the Ohashi-Technica building addition, but Ohashi has placed the project on hold; and most of the VFW building addition is complete with only some site work and parking lot modifications needed.
Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) grants will be due in October, Hall said. He is working on a 2013 street repair list that might qualify for OPWC grant money and asked that it be placed on the August Services Committee meeting agenda.
Hall also said the $24,000 Community Development Block Grant for 12 ADA-compliant curb ramp replacements on north side of the village will go out for bid in September. The grant stipulates that the project must be completed by December 31.
When asked about new stairs for the JR Smith Park announcers building, Hall said the stairs would require state approval because they provide ingress and egress to a public facility.
“We would need to produce drawings that meets state code, or buy a prefabricated set of stairs that meets code,” Hall said.
Council members approved paying a $4,010 water tap fee to DelCo Water for 479 South Old 3-C Highway, a.k.a. South Columbus Street. Delco prorated the tap fee to when it took over the village’s water system; the village will turn the tap over to the property’s new owner.
Sunbury’s website is located at sunburyvillage.com.
Sunbury Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., third floor council chambers, Sunbury Town Hall. Council committees meet one hour before regularly scheduled council sessions. All village council and council committee meetings are open to the public.