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Ridgewood Drive-Schirtzinger Road

Norwich Township to light up four-way stop

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Norwich Township will install LED lights at all four points of the intersection at Ridgewood Drive and Schirtzinger Road in an effort to enhance motorists' awareness of the recently changed traffic pattern.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Aug. 5 for the installation of the lights on all four stop signs.

The intersection was a two-way stop for traffic on Ridgewood Drive only, but the township recently added stop signs on Schirtzinger Road to create a four-way stop.

The additional stop signs were added after a study conducted in response to residents who sought improved safety for children walking to Hilliard East Municipal Pool and Ridgewood Elementary School, trustees said last month.

Hilliard police Chief Douglas Francis told the trustees officers have issued numerous warnings to drivers failing to stop at the new signs on Schirtzinger Road.

"It is years of habit," Trustee Tim Roberts said.

Road Superintendent Steve Montgomery said he would investigate the price of the LED lights but he expected they would cost about $600 to $1,200 per sign.

In other business Aug. 5:

* Montgomery advised trustees the township soon would need to upgrade the battery-backup security system at the township's maintenance facility.

The system uses 2G technology that is not compatible with the upgrades nearing completion on Hilliard's emergency-communications towers.

In the event of a burglary at the township's maintenance facility during a power failure, the battery-backup system would not interface with the towers, according to Montgomery.

Montgomery said he would use the opportunity to solicit bids from other manufactures and possibly change vendors at the same time as the upgrade.

* Norwich Township fire Chief Jeff Warren reported EMS calls for service in the month of July were down compared to July 2013.

Norwich Township personnel responded to 289 EMS calls in July, 48 fewer than last July.

Warren attributed the drop-off to cooler temperatures and proactive vendors at the Franklin County Fair, and said the lack of 90-degree days reduced calls for heat stroke and other related medical emergencies.

"We're not seeing the heat-related calls," Warren said.

Also, Warren said, fair vendors responded to suggestions to have small bandages on hand.

In the past, calls on the fairgrounds for something as minor as a child's scraped knee generated a call for service.

Total EMS calls for the year remain up for 2014.

Through July 31, Norwich Township has responded to 2,226 EMS calls, 37 more than the same seven-month period last year, Warren said.

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