Mayor John Gore and Police Chief Floyd Golden want the speed limit on U.S. Route 33 through Marysville to remain at 65 miles per hour.
Gore told City Council at its Sept. 26 meeting that he already has written to Ohio Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed in regard to a potential speed-limit change on Route 33.
"I wrote a letter endorsing 70 miles per hour speed limits to the Logan County line, asking they leave it at 65 mph through the city limits," Gore said.
Golden said state Sen. David Burke (R-Marysville) alerted local officials that there was consideration at the state level to change the speed limit on Route 33 to 70 mph from the Franklin County line to the Logan County line.
After that, he said, Gore and City Administrator Terry Emery met with Burke.
Gore pointed out it is difficult to slow down from 65 mph to 35 mph getting off the exit at state Route 31. Increasing the speed limit would make that even more difficult for drivers, he said.
The speed increase would match the speed-limit change on Ohio interstate highways that are "outside urbanized areas" that took effect in July. Speed limits on the portions of interstates in large cities, such as Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo, remain at 65 mph.
If the higher speed limit is approved for Route 33, Golden said it's unclear when it would go into effect.
Gore also announced Sept. 26 that Marysville will retain Republic Services Inc. to collect trash and recyclables citywide. There will be no rate increase.
The company will use new, automated side-loading gar-bage trucks. Customers will receive complimentary garbage (green) and recycling (blue) totes and will be able to choose what size receptacle they want for both garbage and recycling.
Trash and recycling routes will be condensed from five days per week to four days. The fifth day will be used for unlimited large-item collection throughout the city.
Public Service Director John Mitchell was recognized at the council meeting for his service to the city.
Mitchell announced his retirement in July. His last day on the job will be Monday, Sept. 30.