Thanks to traffic data that Marysville Project Engineer Rob Priestas had already gathered, the city was able to quickly convince the Ohio Department of Transportation that the new 70 mph speeds now in effect on rural highways should not apply to Route 33 between from state Route 245 and U.S. Route 36.
Priestas' traffic counts showed 35,225 cars a day travel that stretch of road, which includes the city's three highway exits. According to Marysville police, average vehicle speeds on that portion of Route 33 are 70 to 72 mph for passenger cars, slower for semitrucks.
ODOT approved the speed reduction on Monday, Oct. 21.
"Seven signs total need to be installed or replaced," Mayor John Gore told Marysville City Council Thursday, Oct. 24. "We plan to have those up by end of the business day on Tuesday, Oct. 29."
In other business Thursday, Fire Chief Jay Riley told council he expects to bring an additional $50,000 a year to Marysville through a new contract the city has to provide emergency medical services to the Ohio Reformatory for Women on Collins Avenue.
The reformatory previously used a private ambulance company but the state asked the city to take over those duties. Riley said he expects the contract to generate an extra 250 runs but said another squad will still be in town to serve the city should the Ohio Reformatory for Women call for transport.
Gore announced that Marys-ville police officers and members of the Union County Sheriff's Office will give a detailed presentation about ALICE (alert, lockdown, uniform, counter and evacuate) training to parents of Bunsold Middle School students on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the school.
Each Marysville school building underwent ALICE training before school started in August.
He also noted that the last official public meeting held in the old City Hall building at 125 E. Sixth St. will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new City Hall at the corner of South Main. and West Sixth streets is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22.