Commissioners look to cut speed limit on several roads

LISBON – The speed limits on a couple of county roads could be reduced depending on the outcome of a traffic study being requested of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

County commissioners this week approved the county engineer’s office request to have ODOT perform the traffic studies on Columbiana-Lisbon Road between state Route 164 and Metz Road and the stretch of Steubenville Pike one mile north of state Route 39.

These roads lack any current restrictions, which means the statutory speed limit is automatically 55 mph. In both instances, a review by the engineer’s office determined 55 mph is “unrealistic,” which is why ODOT is being asked to determine whether the speed limit should be reduced.

In other action, commissioners agreed to the recommendation of county Department of Job and Family Services Director Eileen Dray-Bardon to extend the Summer Youth Employment Program to Nov. 30.

The JFS was allocated $542,000 in federal funding for 231 participating companies to hire youths between the age of 16 and 24 for the summer. The state extended the program to Nov. 30, and Dray-Bardon said they have enough money left over to continue employing 54 youths.

To do so, the JFS needed commissioners’ approval to extend the contract with its subcontractor, Callos Management of Youngstown, which was hired to process the payroll for the program.

Commissioners also:

– Provided an extra $57,850 to the county adult probation department to meet payroll for the rest of the year. Commissioners said much of the shortfall was likely caused by the retirement of the department director, who was paid $47,236 in unused vacation and sick time.

– Authorized county Engineer Bert Dawson to sign all documents related to two bridge replacement projects scheduled to get under way in 2015: the bridge on Sprucevale Road at Gretchen’s Lock in St. Clair Township and the bridge on Hartley Road in Knox Township.

– Raised no objection to a liquor license transfer to New Waterford Enterprises, doing business as Vittle Village, state Route 14, Unity Township.

The next board meeting is 9 a.m. Sept. 18.