B y Jaime Thomas
Village drivers and through-traffic alike may have to slow down on Church Street if a proposed speed zoned is approved next month.
At a village board meeting Monday night, officials discussed instituting a 20-mph zone on from Main Street to Water Street, in order to help traffic flow more smoothly.
“Over the years we’ve received numerous complaints for speed and congestion. It’s not like this is the first time we’ve heard complaints,” said Ernie Bassett, Granville police chief. He recommended to the board the village posts a sign for reduced speed.
Trustee Frank Caruso, who said he lives on that section of road, said much of his concern is centered on employees and children from Head Start regularly cross in a section where cars are passing at a significant speed. Additionally, he said traffic at King’s Funeral Home makes for a narrow roadway.
“I think it would be a very wise thing to put in a crosswalk. When there are big funerals and cars are parked on both sides of the road, it makes it very tight,” Caruso said. But Dan Williams, department of public works superintendent, said a crosswalk needs to be handicapped accessible and can’t start or end in a parking lot, so it will take some looking to find the right spot.
Mayor Brian LaRose said the board will draft a local law of a posted speed limit for that area of 20 mph and will vote on it following a public hearing on July 1. Officials will also look for an ideal crosswalk location.
During the public comment, resident George Henry, who has been using “Foil” requests to ascertain information about the Pember Library and Museum’s finances, addressed the board. He said he received the requested information last Friday and indicated that he thought village officials were to thank.
When he was done speaking, resident John Norton once again brought up the pile of rubble on Main Street.
“I’m still concerned about the mess up on Main Street. It seems there’s nothing being done. Main Street doesn’t look good; it is not a credit to Granville,” he said. In response, Village Clerk Rick Roberts told him the matter is handled and under process, and it is out of the village’s hands.
“As far as I understand, all parties have signed off on removal. They’re just awaiting permits and for the state to approve,” he said. “We’ve provided you with our efforts and documentation, but at this point there is nothing the village could do to enforce this.”
LaRose told Norton Roberts has been thoroughly addressing the issue on a weekly basis.
“The village has done everything it could. I’ve seen that gentleman on my left (Roberts) do everything. We’ve been diligent on this—it may not be apparent, but we have,” LaRose said.
Next month’s meeting on July 1 will also include a public hearing about Chapter 70 of village code regarding dog control laws.