Resident concerned about speeding traffic in Obetz

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By Katelyn Sattler
Staff Writer
Obetz resident Chris Herren is concerned.

Herren, who spoke at Obetz City Council’s Sept. 27 meeting, because a flashing speed limit sign was knocked down about a year ago and it still has not been replaced.

Obetz City Administrator Rod Davisson said the sign was knocked down by a drunk driver.

“It’s about $5,500 for a new one,” said Davisson. We waited for the court case to settle and get restitution. In the interim, a regular speed limit sign was put in place. We will have a new flashing one in the next couple of months.”

“We want it back up as much as you do,” added Mayor Angela Kirk.

Herren said that, since the flashing light was replaced with a regular speed limit sign, too many people are speeding and that someone might be killed. He said people fly by when kids are getting on and off the school bus.

“It’s like a race track. It’s ridiculous,” said Herren.

Kirk said they can put a traffic counter on his street to measure the volume of traffic traveling on his street, so they can know what the city will be dealing with.

“Nobody wants a kid hit,” said Kirk.

Davisson acknowledged said traffic is getting heavier, especially with well-attended events like the Zucchinifest, and talked about future potential changes to roadways to provide relief from the traffic.

Herren is also frustrated that there are not enough things for kids to do on his side of Obetz, which became a brainstorming session among council members and city staff, although most were in agreement that they do not know what teens do, besides playing video games.

Council members talked of basketball, a baseball diamond going in, and the possibility of sand volleyball.

The city is redoing McFadyen Park, which is currently closed. Davisson said the basketball court had to be torn up due to insurance concerns. The city is keeping the swings and adding some new ones. They are also replacing the Little Tykes equipment.

Davisson boasted about fishing opportunities in ponds in the city for kids and parents, which have been stocked with bass in one pond and catfish in another. Dixon Quarry has been stocked with bluegill, crappie, bass, and trout.

“Come back to me with ideas,” for activities for the kids, said Kirk.

History meeting
Resident Jerry Benson reminded everyone present of the Historians meeting on Oct. 13th at 7 pm at the Senior Citizens Building in Stewart Hall to help write the history of Obetz.
“Please bring pictures, artifacts and tell us your experience,” said Benson.

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