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.
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.
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