Dover to reinstall traffic lights at 2 intersections

Dover to reinstall traffic lights at 2 intersections

Dover City Council agreed to end its blinking light test program at the intersections of Third and Walnut and Slingluff and Walnut, even though doing so means the city will need to install new lights next year in order not to sacrifice grant funding.

The decision was made at the Nov. 15 council meeting after numerous calls were made to several council members from residents concerned about safety issues. “One of the big problems is when you’re on Walnut,” councilwoman Sandy Moss said. “Whether you’re going north or south, you cannot pull out onto Third Street because of the parked cars.”

Council President Shane Gunnoe said, “Turning onto Third, it is essentially impossible to see oncoming traffic with parked cars there, which is what we all thought might happen. And it’s the same with Slingluff during school hours.”

Human resources/safety director Jerry Mroczkowski said he will take care of changing the lights this week. The cost to install new lights that are up to code will cost $175,000 per intersection.

Reports

Finance chair Don Maurer said the committee met Nov. 8 with Steve Hammond of the Thrasher Group regarding the 20th Street bridge project. He said estimated costs have almost doubled since preliminary estimates were first issued. He also said ODOT inspected the bridge and established a maximum load limit, which they said will decrease over time, making it unusable by large vehicles like buses and emergency vehicles. For this reason Maurer said the committee agreed to move forward in the spring.

Mayor Richard Homrighausen said the city’s annual Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Registration is available on the city website at www.doverohio.com and in the mayor’s office.

For the lighting ceremony, the mayor will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at 5 p.m. with lighting to follow. The Santa House will not be open this year due to COVID, but a mailbox will be provided for children to send letters to Santa.

Service director Dave Douglas asked for a committee assignment to develop EPA-required regulations for storm-water and pollution prevention.

Mroczkowski said the civil service exam was given on Nov. 13 for an open position in the police department. He said five people passed the exam and the physical agility test, and interviews are being scheduled for all five.

Utilities committee chair Robert Mueller reported on a meeting earlier in the evening where the committee discussed customers wishing to install wind or solar generation and how that might impact the city of Dover.

Veterans monument update

Councilman Greg Bair requested a committee of the whole meeting so he can show council a rendering he has of the veterans monument planned for the town square. He said the original estimated cost was $8,000, but the project is now expected to cost around $15,000. Bair said he received a $13,000 donation toward the monument, bringing the total donations to date to roughly $15,500.

Legislation

Council passed the following:

—A resolution thanking the Dover baseball community, the Rosenberry Foundation, the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, and other businesses and individuals who contributed to the Dover Baseball Field Improvement and Dover Park project. Councilman Kevin Korns abstained from the vote.

—An emergency ordinance authorizing an additional $8,360 to extend the sanitary sewer line 150 feet from 28th Street to Cross Street for a total expenditure not to exceed $31,360.

—An emergency ordinance making supplemental appropriations and authorizing the transfer of funds to meet current obligations.

Council entered into executive session to discuss pending litigation.

The next regular council meeting will be Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 121 E. Second St.