(Posted May 24, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Stop signs are going up on High Street in Mount Sterling. The goal is to break up traffic and slow speeding motorists.
On May 23, village council members authorized the street department to install several stop signs on North High Street.
Residents, including Joshua Narwald, have reported problems with motorists driving above the speed limit in that area. Narwald has asked council about the possibility of installing speed bumps, saying they would be more effective than stop signs.
Andy Drake, chairman of council’s street committee, agreed that speed bumps would be a good solution but said they are costly and the street department does not have money for them in this year’s budget. The top priority this year is patching potholes.
If the consensus among residents is to go with speed bumps and the village decides to go that route, that cost would have to be figured into a future budget. In the meantime, stop signs are an easy, affordable way to try to alleviate the speeding problem, Drake said.
“We want to do what we can do right now,” he added.
Narwald said stop signs are better than nothing and that he appreciates the village’s attention to the problem. Council member David Timmons noted that “Children At Play” signs already exist in the area as another deterrent to speeding.
The topic of speeding motorists, as well as parking and tall-grass violations, have been discussed at several recent council meetings. At the May 9 meeting, Dep. Jack Dill with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office promised to increase enforcement in those areas. On May 23, he stated that traffic stops were “way up” since his previous report. In addition to stopping speeders, he has been ticketing individuals who violate the two-hour parking limit in the village’s business district. Courtney Bricker, Mount Sterling’s fiscal officer, noted that the number of tall-grass cases is the highest she has seen in the last several years.
As the village cracks down on these violations, residents are spreading the word and reporting violations they observe, Bricker said.
In other news
• Asset mapping–Council approved a contract with the Ohio Rural Water Association for asset management mapping. Among the services provided are location of all of the village’s water and sewer lines and valves, assessment of valve maintenance, identification of fire hydrants and their flow rates, and digital records of all problems and repairs, such as water main breaks. The service is free the first year and $500 per year thereafter.
• Squad–The Sterling Joint Ambulance District recently raised its pay rates for EMTs in an attempt to retain and attract employees. Previously, the hourly rates were $13, $14, and $15 for basic EMT, intermediate EMT, and full EMT, respectively. The new hourly rates are $2 more for each level. The pay raise will amount to a cost of $31,000 to the ambulance district this year.
• Beautification–The Mount Sterling Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Beautiful Yard Contest. The contest is open to residents within Mount Sterling village limits, in the Burr Oaks subdivision, and in McClimansville. Participants can nominate themselves or others by submitting names and addresses by email to email@example.com or in person at town hall (ask for Courtney Bricker). Nominations are due by June 13.
Judging will take place on June 14. Gift certificates will go to first, second and third places. Winners will be announced at Mt. Sterling’s Summer Jam which is slated for June 16-18.
“We would like the winners to participate in the July 4 parade,” said Becky Martin, a member of the Chamber and village council.