Canal Winchester Village Council voted 6-0 June 16 to approve emergency legislation that will make it possible to assess Diley Road property owners for their share of a $5.4-milllion improvement project.

Canal Winchester Village Council voted 6-0 June 16 to approve emergency legislation that will make it possible to assess Diley Road property owners for their share of a $5.4-milllion improvement project.

Councilman Bruce Jarvis was absent from the meeting. The $2,197,814 in assessments will be paid over the next 20 years, said village finance director Nanisa Osborn. In addition to widening Diley Road, Osborn said signals were installed at intersections and a walking trail was built.

The paperwork must be sent to the Franklin County Auditor's Office by Sept. 8 in order for the assessments to be placed on tax bills by 2009, Osborn said.

In other business, council discussed buying a new speed trailer to gauge motorists' speed and gather information for traffic studies.

A draft of the 2009 village budget includes $5,000 for the purchase of a speed trailer.

Councilwoman Bobbie Mershon said speeding is a problem in Canal Winchester.

"That is the No. 1 complaint whenever you go door to door," she said.

Other council members said they get complaints about speeding on Waterloo Street and Pfeifer Drive.

Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Dixon said the Fairfield County Sheriff's Department -- which provides police services to the village -- writes about five speeding citations per day.

"I think that's very minimal," he said.

In a letter to council, Fairfield County Sheriff's Sgt. Kirk C. Kern recommended that a speed trailer be purchased. Attached to the letter were several pages of different types of speed monitoring devices.

Mershon said she liked the trailer type for its ability to perform traffic studies, but on the other hand, they are larger, making it difficult to place them on narrower roads.

Councilman Rick Deeds questioned the necessity of such a purchase.

"I'd just like to see the whole 'this is why we're doing it,'" Deeds said.

Councilman John Bender said he has no problem with buying a speed detection trailer, but added, "I don't think we have that much speeding in our village."

Mershon asked that council's safety committee, which she chairs, discuss the purchase at its July 14 meeting.

On another topic, Mayor Mike Ebert praised those who participated in Canal Winchester's Relay For Life on June 6-7.

"If you didn't have a chance to get there and have never been to one -- like me, I've never been to one -- it was something else," he said. "Quite an event."

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