Too much of both sparks Mount Sterling resident’s ire

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Too much speeding, littering and mown grass in catch basins.

Mount Sterling resident Bobi Little brought those three concerns before the village council Monday evening.

Concerned about safety on Columbus Street, Little said those who appear to be driving over the posted speed limit “are repeaters.” She said she’s observed as many as “five in a row” driving what appears to be over the posted limit.

Little expressed the concern because of the children and people in wheelchairs who occupy the area.

She also commented on the apparent prolific littering in the area as well as residents who apparently ignore the village’s warning regarding grass discharge during mowing.

Officials say grass discharged while mowing should not be blown into the street, but rather back onto the lawn or sidewalk. Clippings blown into the street eventually find their way into the gutter. During a downpour the collected rainwater washes the clippings onto catch basins and are deposited there. The clippings block storm water runoff and create unwanted pools of water.

Some clippings wash into the storm sewer and can potentially cause blockages there, as well.

Sheriff’s deputy Jack Dill, who regularly patrols the village, said the sheriff’s office is “putting together citations” on the grass clipping problem.

Regarding speeding motor vehicles, councilwoman Heather Rice said she has observed apparent speeding on state Route 207 and Wingate Avenue.

Councilwoman Diane Spradlin slowing suggested using speed bumps to slow speeders. Dill said he liked the idea for side streets. Village administrator Joe Johnson said on streets such as London Street, which is also a state route, ODOT would be brought into the process.

Dill said the sheriff’s office has recovered a vehicle allegedly stolen in Pickaway County. He said one adult and two juveniles have been charged in the alleged theft.

He also reported nine unclaimed bicycles have been turned into town hall. If someone has had a bicycle stolen, contact the sheriff’s office.

In other business, Johnson reported the village’s two water towers will be refurbished inside and out with the exteriors repainted and emblazoned with the village logo.

He also reported on street projects which will be taking place in the village on High Street, Market Street and Main Street. The first two will receive new sewers as well as curbs, gutters and paving.

The council approved a resolution approving participation in the Ohio Public Works Commission state capital improvement and/or local transportation improvement programs. It was passed as an emergency on its first reading, suspending the three-reading rule, in order for the resolution to be in place by a meeting on Aug. 12. Estimates of the projects are $240,000 with local matching funds of $27,000.

It was announced a National Night Out will be held Aug. 5 . To mark the event, a decorated bicycle parade would be held at 6 p.m. The parade will progress to the public library.

The next block watch meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 7 at the library. The next nuisance abatement committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 6 at town hall.

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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