Canal Winchester Village Council agreed Monday to decrease the speed limit to 45 miles per hour on a half-mile stretch of Amanda Northern Road.

Canal Winchester Village Council agreed Monday to decrease the speed limit to 45 miles per hour on a half-mile stretch of Amanda Northern Road.

The new speed limit will go into effect in 30 days.

The ordinance, approved by a 7-0 vote, said the decrease from 55 mph to 45 mph follows a "recommendation of the Director of Public Works and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Department."

The new law also establishes a 45 mph speed limit for Kings Crossing, a short street connecting Hill and Diley roads near U.S. Route 33.

Amanda Northern Road fell into Canal Winchester's jurisdiction in 2009 following a land annexation, public works director Matt Peoples has said."It's within our authority to lower the speed limit by ten miles per hour," he said.

The half-mile section of Amanda Northern Road north of Basil-Western Road is a "narrow rural road with no shoulder," Peoples said.

"It's a problem area in terms of speeding," said Councilman John Bender, who sponsored the ordinance.

Fairfield County Sheriff's Sgt. K.C. Kern agreed.

"The road goes right into a housing development," Kern said.

Peoples said the village has faced similar speeding problems in other areas of Canal Winchester where drivers are entering a residential area.

Previously, led by councilman Victor Paini, the village reduced the speed limit on East Waterloo Street to 40 mph. Amanda Northern Road "is a similar situation to East Waterloo Street," Peoples said.

In other news, Peoples told council that the village's new skate park will not open as planned before the end of the year.

"The kids are ready to get out there, but unfortunately, it's not safe," Peoples said.

Though the skate park contractor is finished, metal and landscaping materials remain on site, he said.

Peoples said village workers installed warning signs on the fence around the park to keep kids out.

He said the park may not open until spring but he did offer a glimmer of hope to local skaters anxious to use the new park: If the weather is good this winter and municipal workers have time, Peoples said he may assign staff members to get the park skate-ready before then.

The final council meeting of 2009 was also the last meeting for council members Victor Paini and Bruce Jarvis. Paini, who served for four years, was elected a Madison Township trustee. Jarvis, who served 14 years, will take over leadership of Main Street Canal Winchester.

Three members will be sworn in at council's Jan. 4 meeting: incumbents Bobbie Mershon and John Bender, and Steve Donahue, a former council member, all of whom were elected in November to four-year terms.

A replacement for Jarvis, who has two years left in his term, expected to be named Jan. 19.