FOLLANSBEE – Concerns over traffic and parking at the south end of Main Street and funding for upcoming projects were among the issues submitted to Follansbee council on Monday.
The Council heard from resident Jason Van Beveren, who expressed concern about speeding in this section of the street, which is part of National Highway 2.
Van Beveren said it was difficult for him to get out of his driveway and his late father’s truck had been hit more than once while parked in that area.
He noted that a driver struck a vehicle parked there on September 6.
City police said James L. Acord, 52, of East Liverpool, was heading north on Main Street near Browning Alley when he turned right, hitting the parked vehicle.
Acord was charged with reckless driving, driving while suspended for impaired driving and without proof of insurance. His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrates’ Court.
Investigators believe the crash happened because Acord was distracted, possibly by a dog in his vehicle that jumped out after the collision.
According to police reports, Acord also faces a charge of absconding on foot because he allegedly fled law enforcement officers to a hill near Browning Alley, where he complied with the order from Brooke County Sheriff’s Deputy to stop.
Police said Acord was taken to a local hospital for treatment of apparent minor injuries. They said both vehicles sustained significant damage.
First Ward Councilor Tammy Johnson, whose ward includes that area, said speeding was particularly common there late at night.
Deputy Police Chief Dan Casto said he was patrolling the area and would continue to do so.
In related cases, City Manager Jack McIntosh said plans to issue parking permits to southern residents for the city’s new parking lot at 224 Main Street have been scrapped at least for now.
The gravel lot was created to provide parking space for residents and deter vehicles from parking on sidewalks, which some believed was necessary to prevent their vehicles from being struck by large trucks passing through the furthest section. narrow street.
McIntosh said instead that the spaces in the lot will be doubled to encourage more economical use.
In the remaining cases, the council agreed to allocate, of the $ 1.1 million in federal pandemic relief funds allocated to the city, approximately $ 140,000 for upgrading water treatment systems and of the city’s wastewater.
Mayor David Velegol Jr. said federal money would also be used to repair lampposts along Main Street and install WiFi amplifiers there, as the funds could be used to support broadband expansion.
Plans have been made to first replace the conduit for non-functioning lights between Allegheny and Ohio streets, with more to follow as funds become available.
Council also approved the use of the $ 120,000 left to the city by the late Dorothy Kotroumanis for the development of a public plaza using Ray Stoaks Plaza and the section of Penn Street between Main Street and Virginia Avenue. .
Velegol said grants and other funds will be sought to complement the donation and a $ 45,000 grant from the Charles and Thelma Pugliese Foundation.
He said potential contractors for the project visited the site on Monday, as required in the bidding process. A deadline of September 29 has been set for offers.
McIntosh also announced that the city’s fall cleanup will take place October 18-22.
Residents can leave bulky items on their regular garbage collection days that week.
Paint dried by adding sand or kitty litter will be accepted. Construction materials, tires, car batteries, wet paint and oils will not be accepted.
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