New Franklin looks to target speeding in the city

The city of New Franklin hopes to address some speeding concerns on streets throughout the city.

During the April 3 council meeting, Mayor Paul Adamson said he plans to purchase a radar recorder kit for approximately $3,800. He said the kit goes on a telephone pole and can collect the number of cars and their speed as they go by. He said the radar recorder kits are not noticeable to drivers, so they won’t know what street it is placed on.

Recently Adamson said he also explored a speed sign, which would flash the speed a car is going as it drives by. The signs cost about $7,500. He said his concern of purchasing one of those is depending on where it is placed, other streets may request one, too.

Councilman Jim Cotts said he wants to see the city do something especially for those on Catalina Drive, who have expressed concerns of speeding.

Adamson said the radar recorder kit will allow the city to collect data and figure out where the big speeding problems are.

Cotts recommended ordering the speed sign and the radar recorder kit.

City Council agreed the mayor should order both so something can be in place as summer approaches.

In other business April 3, City Council:

– Approved authorizing additional appropriations to the 2019 annual operating appropriations budget.

– Approved for New Franklin Police to utilize the Police Restricted Training Fund for police training. There is about $9,000 in the fund and the police would like to do some training, Adamson said

– Heard a presentation from Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) in regards to electric and gas aggregations. NOPEC is expected to be working with the city to provide New Franklin residents with additional information about aggregations offered and if a resident is included in one.

– Heard from Adamson about starting a Tudor House garden society. He said anyone who enjoys gardening and would like to be a part of this should contact the city.

– Discussed the city’s plan for road resurfacing for this year. Adamson said the bids through the county are open, but the city doesn’t know what the prices will be. He said the city added the fog seal to the bid for chip and seal, but they aren’t sure what the cost will be. He said once the bids come in, then council can take some action on what to do as far as chip and seal this year.

The next New Franklin Council meeting is set to begin immediately following the committee meetings, which are scheduled for 6 p.m. April 17 at New Franklin City Hall.

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This story was also published in The Suburbanite. www.thesuburbanite.com