lake township. wants a traffic light at Ohio 51 Millbury Road | News

MILLBURY — Lake Township administrators are demanding changes at a dangerous intersection they say deserves a traffic control device.

In a tersely worded resolution, which passed unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting, trustees expressed “deep concern” about the Millbury Road and Ohio 51 intersection.

A properly installed traffic control device is clearly warranted to ensure the safety of the traveling public and to bring the intersection of Millbury Road and Route 51 into compliance with Department of Transportation engineering and safety standards. ‘Ohio, indicates the resolution.

The angled intersection lacks visual clarity for the traveling public, which includes school buses, administrators said.

After the meeting, Trustee Richard Welling said a traffic study is being carried out on the area at the moment, at the request of a resident.

“I realized it was a good time to ask for a stop light again,” he said.

They asked three times for a light there, administrator Ken Gilsdorf added.

Frankly, says Welling, no one died there and that’s why a light wasn’t put up. There have been many accidents and “near calls”, he said.

The daily traffic volume on Route 51 is 7,516, according to the resolution. Local Lake school buses pass through the intersection 16 times a day, carrying 520 children.

The resolution says the intersection needs a 21st century safety upgrade. Route 51 became a certified route 67 years ago. At the time, the 1950 Wood County census listed a population of 59,408. Today, Wood County’s population is 132,240.

Also at the meeting, the directors:

• Heard Walbridge Road was recently blocked for 66 consecutive hours by a train.

• Renewed contract with Premier Physician Services, which provides medical management services to the township. The cost is $5,630 per year.

• Signed a LifePac 15 preventative maintenance contract with ProCare Services for $3,600.

• Adopted annual service agreement for outdoor warning siren with Federal Field Services, Wauseon, for $2,375.

• Approved the expenditure of $2,880 to Baumann Ford Oregon to repair a 2016 Ford Explorer used by the police department.

• Approved the promotion of Constable Jason Algarin to Detective.

• Thanked Noah Ries for making a few dozen benches for a township park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

• Heard the department’s monthly reports. Police made six arrests. Fire had 142 runs; 85% of runs were EMS. There have been 18 burials and one cremation. Zoning issued five permits and received $875.

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