Columbiana begins traffic study

COLUMBIANA – Yet another intersection is being targeted for traffic signal upgrades and a traffic study is already under way for the intersection near the Dutch Village Inn.

City Manager Lance Willard said the study being done by Herbert, Rowland and Grubic (HRG) Engineering will not exceed $5,000 and will show what changes are needed to improve the traffic flow at the state Routes 14/46/164 intersection.

“Currently left hand turns are very difficult in that area,” he said, referring to the lack of turning arrows in the traffic signal. However, the study may determine a way to improve traffic flow that would not require turning arrows, he added.

HRG Engineering has placed traffic counter devices along North Main Street in front of the Circle K, and they will remain there through Wednesday.

It is the second heavy-traffic intersection being targeted by the city for changes. The other is where state routes 7 and 14 intersect outside of town not far from the Firestone Farms housing development.

Traffic at the intersection near the Dutch Village Inn has been discussed among current and former council members over the last two years, with all agreeing improvements are needed there.

Willard announced the study during this week’s council meeting.

In other business, Police Chief Tim Gladis wished to thank the American Legion Post 290 for a recent $1,500 donation that went toward the purchase of ammunition for officer training.

“They approached us and asked what they could do in terms of making our officers better and funding projects,” he said.

It was determined the funding would best go toward ammunition for annual firearms training.

“Anybody that shoots knows that ammo costs a lot of money,” he said.

The ammunition has already been purchased for the upcoming training, which has changed over the years. Officers no longer stand and shoot at immobile paper targets, but are required to move around for realistic rescue simulations, he said.

“Without the donation it would be very difficult to fund that,” he added.

The department also received some funding in the form of a Visa gift card from the local Home Savings bank.

The $125 gift card was given as part of the bank’s promotional $125 a day for 125 day program, he said.

The money was put toward the purchase of traffic direction flashlights and orange cones for auxiliary officers.

Council then approved first readings of legislation:

– Authorizing the Ohio Board of Building Standards to certify the city for the enforcement of the residential code to exercise enforcement authority and accept and approve plans, and make inspections.

– To enter into a contract with Townsend’s Tree of Alliance for tree removal and stump grinding, cost $47,520.

– To enter into a contract with Mike’s Tree and Landscaping LLC of Alliance for tree pruning, cost $34,500.