Residents on the lookout for speeders
Speeders beware - Franklin Township residents are taking notice.
Several residents in attendance at the Aug. 5 trustees’ meeting voiced concerns over an increase in speeding traffic throughout area. Accounts of drag racing have also been reported.
They’ve become increasingly concerned over the safety of children in residential areas where this speeding is occurring.
According to Guyton, the suggestion of adding residential speed bumps isn’t possible.
“Lawfully, we can’t install these,” Guyton said before adding that speed bumps are not recognized by the State of Ohio as a deterrent to speeders.
He also said the township would be held responsible for any damage done to vehicles due to speed bumps whether or not they were driving at the posted speed limit.
Drivers’ speeding through small neighborhoods have been an issue in the past.
Previously, the board of trustees have written letters to the county engineer requesting more stop signs in locations observed as hot zones for speeders. Those requests were denied by former County Engineer John Circle.
Residents were told the best way to help the township and police department battle speeding is to call it in.
“How you can all help us is by giving us times that it’s happening,” Chief Timko said.
The new chief of police and board of trustees say residents who observe unlawful speeding should record the reoccurring dates and times the speeding is happening and turn it over to township authorities. This will better enable them to patrol specific locations of concern during the right times, which would allow the community to throw a road block in the way of speeders.
At the same meeting, Road Supervisor Jim Stevens presented estimates for a road stripping project at the Broadlawn subdivision. Stevens said the project is important to fix ongoing parking problems in the area.
This project would place white strips down every street in the Broadlawn subdivision, which should eliminate the problem of the rear ends of parked cars sticking out from driveways and potentially obstructing a clear path for on-flowing vehicles.
Stevens continued to say that prior to the launching of this road project, all the effected homeowners would be given advanced notice of the date and time in which their vehicles would need to be temporarily relocated.