Trustees discuss safety issue

Resident installed rocks, rebar to prevent construction damage

By Melanie Yingst -

CONCORD TWP. — Concord Township Trustees addressed a road hazard placed by a resident in the intersection of Lincolnshire and Merrimont at their regular meeting on Tuesday.

According to the trustees, a resident has placed rebar and large rocks along the edge of the road in the right-of-way to prevent construction vehicles from digging into the yard to negotiate the turn.

Trustees said they were aware of the increase in construction traffic in the neighborhood.

“It’s been brought to our attention that the homeowner on the corner of Lincolnshire and Merrimont has rocks, big stones, on the corner of the intersection,” Trustee Don Pence said.

Pence said the trucks, and other large vehicles, are unable to navigate the intersection and the tires get in the soil, which the homeowner is trying to prevent.

Pence read a section of the Ohio Revised Code deeming the rocks and rebar a hazard and potential liability.

Trustee Tom Mercer said the rebar is at an angle, sticking out on the edge of the road, and was concerned for pedestrians and children bicycling in the area.

“It’s a safety issue,” Mercer said. “Rebar and rocks are a hazard and they are a nuisance and they are safety issues, no doubt about that. I do have concerns that the construction that is going on and is going to go on for years. If it was my property that those trucks kept dredging and cutting into my property, I’d like to think there was going to be something done to make it be whole.”

Road superintendent Neil Rhoades said he provided the homeowner red safety cones to help with the problem prior to the rocks and rebar being installed.

Trustees said they would give the homeowner 30 days to remove the objects. Trustees discussed the possibility of widening the radius of the intersection, which would be a costly project.

Mercer said he understands the frustration of the homeowner, but alternatives could be sought in the future and gave other examples of companies repairing work on properties.

Trustees asked Rhoades to meet with the homeowner to discuss the removal of the objects to resolve the issue.

In other township news:

Trustee Bill Whidden said he is continuing to work with city officials in regards to the township’s contract for fire/EMS services.

“We are continuing to work through some issues and continuing to move forward,” Whidden said. “I hope to have something by our next meeting potentially.”

A tree in the right-of-way off of Forest Hill Road will be removed due to it being hollow and suffering damage from last spring’s wind storm. Trustees gave road superintendent Neil Rhoades permission to have the tree removed.

Resident installed rocks, rebar to prevent construction damage

By Melanie Yingst

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