Springfield Road man asks for stop sign

COLUMBIANA – A Springfield Road man is concerned for his own safety every time he backs out of his driveway.

Jack Baker told City Council at its recent meeting he lives about three houses down from a posted traffic sign that allows a continuous right turn. “They fly around there, and I’m glad there are no kids right where I live,” he said.

He requested the city post a regular stop sign on the road near the entrance to the park.

Police Chief Tim Gladis said this is the first time anyone has complained about the traffic sign, although the department frequently receives complaints about people speeding on Springfield Road.

He agreed a stop sign would be beneficial there.

Baker also requested a traffic signal be installed where Springfield Road meets state Route 14.

“It seems like for some reason everybody comes down Springfield Road to get to 14,” he said, and suggested a traffic study in that area to see how many accidents occur there.

Gladis said because it is a state road the Ohio Department of Transportation would likely require a traffic study before a signal could be installed. He added funding for signals are usually only approved by ODOT for areas where fatalities have been reported.

“We have no fatalities If I were to recommend a traffic signal (it would be) on Park and 14, not Springfield and 14. Both of those are tough intersections,” he said.

Mayor David Spatholt said the city could take care of the stop sign and will look into a traffic signal.

In other business, Council heard from Justin Anderson of Boy Scout Troop 40 who is going for his Eagle Scout badge.

The Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts and Anderson prepared a speech weighing the pros and cons of the new pipelines being laid in the county.

“As I’m sure you all have seen that in Columbiana County there have been pipelines moving themselves in and out of properties everywhere we look. It is good or bad? What are they doing to the surrounding environments? Are they harmful? And what are the benefits?” he said.

Pros are that the pipelines are mostly going in on farmlands and are benefiting the soil since the land is being moved for their installation. Also, jobs are created.

Cons are potential damage to the roads – which can be costly to repair – and the safety hazards that come with operating heavy machinery, he said.

Councilman Bryan Blakeman said Anderson’s views were similar to his and likely that of the entire council.

“I think from a county standpoint and from a rural standpoint it is great for the county and the state. I think from a municipal standpoint we share the same concerns. I think as a whole for the county it will be a huge boon not only for landowners, but as you can see in town there are new stores popping up,” he said, referring specifically to a new hotel in Salem.

Others on council nodded their heads in agreement but no one else commented.