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City will address poor road conditions on Hague Avenue
The city of Columbus will address the poor road conditions on Hague Avenue between Sullivant Avenue and West Broad Street.
The plan was presented at the Greater Hilltop Area Commission (GHAC) on May 1.
Residents complained about vehicles parking over the curb, creating ruts that fill with water that create a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Dead animals have also been found in the water-filled channels.
“It looks pretty ratty,” said Randy Bowman of the Columbus Department of Public Safety.
Bowman said the city plans to start an educational program and meet with residents on Hague Avenue.
“We want to find out why people are parking where they do,” Bowman said. “They may be afraid their cars could get sideswiped.”
Bowman said the city code does not allow such parking habits to be cited. The city has considered creating an infraction to allow enforcement.
He said that would be a long-term solution and developed only if other methods of intervention fail.
“We’ll start out soft and ramp up,” Bowman said.
Vice Chair Justin Boggs said he is concerned about mosquitoes and wanted the water removed from the ruts.
Commissioner Geoff Phillips asked if lighting could be improved in the alleys so residents could consider that as a parking area.
Bowman asked the GHAC to spread the word about upcoming neighborhood meetings, when a time a date is determined.
Bowman also said a speed trailer would be on Hague Avenue through May 21.
Concern over pond at Westgate
Resident Dan Downing asked for support from GHAC to urge the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks to clean up the pond at Westgate Park.
The commission agreed to write a letter to the department alerting them to the accumulation of leaves and other debris in the pond, especially at the east end.
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