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Ravenna delays signal removal

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published: February 5, 2013 4:00 AM

Another ordinance to remove traffic signals has been placed on the back burner after a Ravenna business owner expressed concern about how the move would affect his customers.

Hector Sanchez, owner of the Ravenna Dairy Queen, asked City Council to further study the removal of the traffic signal at Clinton and Main streets. The signal, which once served to control traffic near Ravenna's old high school, is one of two in the city targeted for removal because of their proximity to schools in Ravenna that are no longer open.

The other signal, at West Spruce and South Sycamore streets, is near the former Immaculate Conception Elementary School, which was demolished last year.

Sanchez told council that without the traffic signal, he predicts customers will have a hard time getting in and out of his business.

"They already have a hard time with the light," he said.

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Service Director Kelly Engelhart told council that she and Mayor Joseph Bica had held discussions about waiting to remove the light until the Portage County Port Authority decided what would become of the former high school property. However, she said, that shouldn't prevent council from moving the legislation forward.

Council decided to let the ordinance stand on first reading to give more time for the issue to be studied.

City Engineer Robert Finney reminded council that it would cost $150,000 to replace the traffic signal. He said the city cannot put up a traffic light just to help one business.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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anonymous Feb 6, 2013 4:16 PM

I was told by the County that is cost about $1000.00 a year to operate a stop light. Who is paying for the light? Ravenna has a light every block and on Diamond Street every dam intersection is a 4 way stop. The Old Chief of Police Jack S. had a light or a 4 way stop put up anywhere and accident occurred.

anonymous Feb 5, 2013 5:10 PM

Why not just change the light into a flashing yellow. This way, if the light is needed in the future it is ready to go. Maintenance is cheaper than installation.

anonymous Feb 5, 2013 11:49 AM

@ Nameless: It would be a shame if DQs business suffered because the customer isn't bright enough to make a few right turns and take a less direct route to head east. I've often found it easier and less stressful to "go around the block" to avoid a known traffic problem. IE: When going to Streetsboro I'll go out Infirmary and make a left onto 14 instead of going straight out Cleveland to 14.// I also agree IF something goes in on the corner that requires a light THEN something can be done, wouldn't be very bright to pee away $150k on a maybe.

anonymous Feb 5, 2013 10:16 AM

They are taking down the old lights because they do not have the parts to fix them since they are obsolete. Finney is doing what is right and I think they would be more than willing to put up another light at Clinton if something actually happens to the property. But until then why waste the money? And here is another idea, can Clinton now be turned into a two way street after the demolition is complete? That would allow traffic to enter and exit without having to be on main street at all.

anonymous Feb 5, 2013 7:31 AM

The City canmnot put up a traffic light just for one business... So Finney knows for a FACT no business will move into or on the old school grounds! Finney should be replaced not tthe lights.. No wounder Kent is growing and Ravenna is just a grounds for dopers, the current administration has NO VISION

anonymous Feb 5, 2013 6:30 AM

I understand $150,000 is a lot of money to put up a traffic light, but why take down the old one to begin with? Leave it there. There's at least one business in Ravenna that's open, do you want that one to close too? Also, consider what MIGHT be built in place of the school once it's removed.