Pickerington City Council Sept. 3 heard the first reading of an ordinance that, if passed, will amend the city's traffic control map by removing stop signs in several locations throughout the city.
The ordinance is the result of a review undertaken by former city engineer Greg Bachman and current City Engineer Scott Tourville.
Their combined findings indicated many city stop signs were shown to be unnecessary from both an engineering and police standpoint.
A total of 26 intersections that are multi-way stop locations underwent the initial review process.
That number was whittled to nine by the time the review's results were approved by Council's Safety Committee on Aug. 21.
City Council voted 7-0 to adopt the ordinance and move it forward through the approval process, which will require two more readings before final approval.
However, the ordinance was first amended by an unanimous vote to exempt stop signs at two intersections in the Cherry Hill subdivision from being removed.
City Councilman Tony Barletta requested stop signs in Cherry Hill be left out of the removal process.
He told the Safety Committee Aug. 21 "Cherry Hill residents that fought to have stop signs put in, still live there. I still don't see a reason to mess with it."
Councilman Jeff Fix said the city also received a number of recent calls and e-mails from Cherry Hill residents expressing concern about the impact of removing stop signs there.
"The City Engineer has explained stop signs do not, in fact, slow people down," said Fix, adding the issue should be revisited "in a year or two, after talking to the people in Cherry Hill."
Stop signs at seven remaining intersections slated for removal are:
McLeod Parc and Abbey Court; McLeod Parc and Brookside Drive; Melrose Boulevard and Stewart Court; Timber Ridge and Vantage Pointe Place; Meadows Boulevard and Hillview Street; Lorraine Boulevard and Violet Drive; Sycamore Creek Street and Herrogate Square.
Tourville said technical studies indicated the benefits of removing unnecessary stop signs included reduced speeds, increased pedestrian safety and reduction in vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.