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Canton Road traffic light coming soon

8/16/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Township officials are hoping a new traffic light to be installed on Canton Road at Springfield Lake Drive in Lakemore will increase safety for motorists in the area.

Sam Ross, of the Summit County Engineer’s Office, told township officials at the Springfield Board of Trustees meeting Aug. 9 that work to install the traffic light on the area’s busiest road will commence Sept. 4.

Both township and village officials have been working for several years to get a traffic light installed at that location, according to Trustee Dean Young.

Trustee Deborah Davis said it is currently “very difficult” to turn on to and out of Springfield Lake Drive, and that a traffic light at the site will make it easier to do so.

Summit County Engineer’s Office spokesperson Heidi Swindell said the area is not among the top accident areas in the county, and accident numbers are trending down there. She added accidents on Canton Road between Sanitarium and East Waterloo roads totaled 104 in 2005-07 and 41 in 2008-10, according to data from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.

Local officials said the Canton Road/Springfield Lake Drive site is dangerous, mainly due to its location on the crest of a hill, which creates obstructions for motorists.

Swindell said the traffic light installation project will start with digging foundations and pouring concrete, which may create some lane closures but will not close the road entirely. She said there will be a lull in construction activity while the proper poles are ordered and delivered, probably about a month.

“We anticipate traffic disruptions in the form of lane closures around Sept. 4 until mid-September and short road closures and additional lane closures in mid-October,” she added. “There will be very short-term road closures at the intersection. We anticipate the road being closed for approximately 10 minutes while a wire is moved across the road. Law enforcement will be notified and asked to control traffic. This will likely take place in mid-October.”

The project will be paid for using federal funds funneled through the Ohio Department of Transportation and administered by the Summit County Engineer’s Office, which is contributing 10 percent to the costs, according to Swindell.

In other business, trustees approved the following:

• a then and now purchase order and payment of $16,329 to the Springfield/Lakemore Cable Board. The amount represents 2 percent of the 5 percent received by the township for the second quarter of 2012;

• transferring $10,000 each from the General Fund to both the Senior Center Nutrition Fund and the Senior Center Fund;

• paying $1,125 to Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney for reimbursement of postage needed to notify certain township residents of a meeting that presented information on how to avoid the costs of probate court. Davis said 300 people attended the meeting, it was “very educational” and the money was “very well spent”;

• forwarding a list of the 2013 street-lighting assessments for 2013 tax bills to the Summit County Fiscal Office;

• amending two previous motions, one to modify the cost of testing and maintenance of the Springfield Fire Department’s self-contained breathing units, adding another $240 and bringing the total to $1,840; and another to increase the cost of traffic citations and summons for the Springfield Police Department from PPI Graphics, from $1,984 to $2,079, with Lakemore’s share to increase from $379 to $416;

• accepting the resignation of firemedic Jesse Connor, effective Aug. 12; and

• closing Canfield Road Sept. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. for the Movie Under the Stars showing of “The Lorax” at the Vincent J. Mealy Bicentennial Gazebo, with a rain date of Sept. 2. Visitors can bring a blanket or a lawn chair. The movie will start at dusk, and music will take place after the showing, with snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Other announcements during the meeting included:

√ The Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) will host a memorial fundraiser breakfast for the Anthony Weakland family tomorrow, Aug. 18, from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Lakemore United Methodist Church, 1536 Flickinger Road. Donations for the pancake breakfast will be accepted on behalf of the family. In addition, the Anthony Weakland Memorial Fund has been set up at FirstMerit Bank. Anthony, 16 and a sophomore at Springfield High School, was killed by a hit-skip driver July 17. Ohio State Highway Patrol officials arrested Dianna Vandyne, 46, of Mogadore, July 26 and charged her with tampering with evidence and felony hit-skip. She has been in the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond awaiting a status hearing.

√ The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood donor clinic Aug. 27 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Springfield Senior and Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road.

√ Flu vaccinations will be offered at the Senior Center Sept. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge for those with Medicare Part B, Medicare HMO or SummaCare, and the cost is $20 for all others. Participants should bring their Medicare card.

√ A total of 9.47 tons of paper and cardboard, with a value of $237, was collected from the recycle bins on Canfield Road, with the amount to go to the township’s Parks Board.

Trustees adjourned into executive session to discuss labor negotiations.

Trustees approved a special meeting for Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road, to consider nuisance abatements and any other matters brought before the board. The next regular meeting will take place Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

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