Zalewski concerned with Village parking during snow removal
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
There was very little business following the organizational portion of last week’s Sunbury Village Council meeting. Without newly-approved council rules and committee assignments before the first session of the year, council members were prepared only to read existing legislation.
Council member Tom Zalewski did compliment members of Sunbury’s Street Department for the work they did keeping village roadways plowed and safe during the recent snowstorms.
“But we have to do something about controlling parking on-street parking during snow removal,” Zalewski said. “Our Street Department does a good job plowing the streets, but the way some people park on the street, especially in the gardens, you couldn’t get a plow through there. Something has to be done.”
Village solicitor David Brehm said he would check the ordinances and determine if there are any on street parking restrictions during snow removal; Sunbury mayor Tommy Hatfield said he would get with Sunbury PD Chief Pat Bennett about resolving the issue.
Council members approved Ordinance 2012–19. The ordinance establishes a three-way stop at the intersection of Sunbury Meadows Drive and Mill Run Drive.
The ordinance is in response to Sunbury Meadows Drive resident Angela Faust and some of her neighbors who are concerned about automobiles travelling 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 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.
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 Dive and Mill Run Drive intersection.
At a November 28 council meeting Faust said the stop signs had not been installed at the intersection; 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.
Just seven days later, during the December 5 Sunbury Village Council meeting, Faust, et al, had their wish fulfilled with a first reading of Ordinance 2012–19 that would establish a three-way stop sign at the intersection in question.
The three-way stop at the intersection will be installed following the ordinance’s statutory 30-day waiting period.
It was noted the village’s employee health insurance renewal date is February 1, and rates are expected to increase 15 percent.
“The size of our plan, nobody will allow us any flexibility on what they have to offer,” Hatfield said. “This has to be done by February, and we have no idea yet how the Affordable Health Care Act is going to affect us.”
Hatfield said there might be rate-lowering incentives put in place for 2014, like smoking cessation, weight watchers and employees getting physicals.
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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.