Sunbury Meadows residents get 3-way stop at bus stop intersection
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Sunbury Meadows Drive resident Angela Faust attended the Wednesday, November 28, Sunbury Village Council meeting because she and some of her neighbors are concerned about automobiles traveling at excessive speeds through their neighborhood.
Faust and her neighbors live close to the Sunbury Meadows entrance on Ohio 3. They said residents living at the far end of Sunbury Meadows Drive are traveling 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.
At a July 18 council session Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield promised the residents that he would give his personal attention to addressing the issue. Following those summer meetings the village administration began exploring possible solutions to the speeding problem, and subsequently promised to install three-way stop signs near the school bus stop at the Sunbury Meadows Drive and Mill Run Drive intersection.
At the November 28 meeting Faust said the stop signs had not been installed at the intersection; Sunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the village was working on correcting a similar problem on Fairland Drive, and working on the two situations in parallel was slowing the process down.
While most folks believe that no matter what they do the wheels of government grind slowly, sometimes so slowly they appear to stand still, Faust discovered that it does pay to stand up and speak.
Just seven days later, during last week’s (Wednesday, December 5) Sunbury Village Council meeting, Faust, et al, had their wish fulfilled with a first reading of Ordinance 2012–19 that, if approved, would establish a three-way stop sign at the intersection in question.
“We’re continuing to look at Fairland Drive, but we did not want this thing held up,” Hatfield said. “We recommend three readings of this ordinance. Three readings gives residents time to comment on this, but we want to improve safety on that road.”
Sunbury consulting engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, reported on the exterior and interior inspection of Sunbury Town Hall’s roof.
“The sub-structure is in good condition, but the purlins, cedar shingles and metal roof have to come off,” Hall said. “The rafters are true oak 2 x 5’s that may need some point repair. You could install metal purlins, or sheeting on top of rafters. The inspector is going to price a couple of options.”
Hall said the gutters would need replaced because the current ones are residential size; and the inspector didn’t see any moisture damage in the attic.
“It would probably go out all in one bid,” Hall said. “But we will break down all quantities on the items. We’ll compare life expectancy with cost. This type of building you’ll want to put a long-lasting product on.”
Hall said full inspection results and recommendations would be presented at a later meeting.
“We’d like to understand the return on investment with different materials,” Hatfield said. “We know that copper is three times as expensive, but we want to know this is the last roof we put on here for at least 50 years.”
In other business, Parks & Safety Committee chair Joe Gochenour asked council members to approve up to $2,500 for a cemetery bulletin board at Sunbury Memorial Park, paid for with Drugan Fund money.
Council members approved the request, contingent upon Drugan Fund approval.
Gochenour also noted that Sunbury Nazarene Church would like to partner with the village on Freedom Park entrance improvements, and use the Freedom Park entrance as the main church parking lot entrance.
Hatfield said he did not believe anyone opposes that idea, and suggested that a discussion take place between both parties.
While Brehm did not oppose the concept of a shared drive, he did caution council members to be aware that political subdivisions have limited property conveyance rights.
Gochenour also reported that Janet Metzler is resigning as an at-large member of the Parks & Safety Committee.
Hatfield asked any village resident interested in filling the position to call the Sunbury Administration Office.
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.