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Trustees reconsider stop-sign lights

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The Norwich Township trustees are reconsidering the installation of LEDs on stop signs at a new four-way stop at Ridgewood Drive and Schirtzinger Road.

The estimated cost to install the lights on all four signs would be $4,800, street superintendent Steve Montgomery told the trustees Aug. 19.

Trustees appeared prepared to install the LEDs after Hilliard police Chief Doug Francis told them Aug. 5 officers were issuing several warnings to drivers who failed to stop.

The intersection had been a two-way stop for traffic on Ridgewood Drive only until late last month, when stop signs were placed on Schirtzinger Road in response to area residents who sought improved safety for children walking to the East Municipal Pool and Ridgewood Elementary School.

Trustee Tim Roberts said the grace period of the warnings would have to end eventually.

Trustee Chuck Buck questioned if buying the LEDs was necessary and also if residents living nearest to the intersection would be opposed to the lights, especially at night.

Roberts suggested installing the LEDs only on the two new stop signs on Schirtzinger Road, while Montgomery cautioned trustees he learned there is precedent in other jurisdictions for vandalism and theft of the eight LEDs on each sign.

Prices are based in part on whether the signs have motion or thermal detectors and the grade of sheeting, Montgomery said.

The trustees had been considering solar-powered signs that flash continuously.

In consideration of alternative measures to alert drivers, such as the temporary use of a message board, the trustees asked Montgomery to obtain estimates for thermoplastic markings at the approaches to the intersection.

"I think you've gone above and beyond to make the intersection safe," Fiscal Officer Jamie Miles said.

In other business Aug. 19, fire Chief Jeff Warren recognized firefighter Jason Rausch for 10 years of service.

Trustees also approved a resolution to issue a violation letter for high grass to a resident in the 3200 block of Ridgewood Drive and announced there will a dedication ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 for a completed reflection garden in front of the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway.

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