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State agrees to move control box away from church sign

October 28, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - The state has agreed to move the location for a large traffic control box to prevent it from blocking the illuminated sign outside the Methodist Church,

Speaking at this week's village council meeting, street foreman Jim Oliver reported the compromise suggested by the Ohio Department of Transportation has met with the approval of church officials.

ODOT recently replaced traffic lights at several intersections in town, including the intersection at South Market and East Washington streets, where the church is located.

At the Sept. 10 council meeting, church representatives told council that as part of the project ODOT intended to install a 5-foot-high traffic control box on the church lawn and partially in front of the illuminated church sign. Officials claim the control box would be located beyond the ODOT right-of-way on church property.

Oliver reported this week they met with ODOT representatives, who determined the control box was just three inches onto church property. As a compromise, however, ODOT agreed to move the yet-to-be installed control box from the lawn on East Washington Street to the sidewalk on South Market Street.

The dispute became a mini-controversy after a church member attended a later council meeting asking for village help in seeking an injunction against ODOT to block the project. A church official later contacted the village, saying they had no intention of taking legal action and the person who made such a claim was not speaking for the church.

In other business, council amended its schedule to meet only once instead of twice in November and December. The vote to do so was 3-1, with Council member Willis Coleman casting the only dissenting vote because he wanted to stick with the regular schedule of the second and fourth Monday of each month. Absent from the meeting was council members Roger Gallo and Jeff Snyder, both of whom were working.

The meetings will be 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.



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