LISBON - The traffic light project in the downtown is expected to be completed by the start of the Johnny Appleseed Festival on Saturday, although the Methodist Church is concerned about how it will turn out.
For the past three weeks the Ohio Department of Transportation has been working to install new traffic lights at several intersections in town. This requires the street corners at each intersection be excavated to bury the electrical wiring.
One of the intersections is the corner of Washington and South Market, where the Methodist Church is located. Bill Jones from the church attended this week's Village Council meeting to complain about the 5-foot-high control box ODOT intends to install on the church lawn in front of the church's illuminated sign. He said the box will block the sign from the road.
"There's going to be quite a ruckus when that box comes in," Jones said.
Not only that, but church officials took measurements and determined the box's concrete pad, which is already in place in the church lawn, is 32 feet from the street's center line - two feet onto church property.
Street Superintendent Jim Oliver said ODOT intends to pour the concrete into the excavated street corners on Wednesday, except for the corner of East Washington and South Market by the church.
"Are we going to have the sidewalks in place for the Johnny Appleseed Festival?" asked resident Paul Preston.
Oliver said the corners and sidewalks that are concreted on Wednesday will be ready for pedestrian traffic the next day.
Meanwhile, Mayor Dan Bing said he will speak to ODOT about the control box's location on church property.
In other action, Alicia Horner complained about problems at the Community Action Agency's homeless shelter located on Maple Street, with people coming and going all hours of the day. Police officer Mike Abraham, who was at the meeting, said they are aware of her complaints.