Last updated: June 10. 2014 4:01PM - 54 Views
By Megan Kennedy mkennedy@civitasmedia.com

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A lack of regard for stop signs from drivers in the Village of Camden poses a threat for pedestrians, according to Tony Keesler with the Preble County District Library.

Keesler addressed Camden Council regarding stop signs near the PCDL branch. “They are being run multiple times every day; it’s really bad. We keep track of how many, and there are at least five or six a day that are blowing through, not even doing the rolling stop. They’re going through it full speed,” said Keesler.

“I honestly don’t think it’s a visibility issue, because it’s going both ways, and there are no trees, nothing blocking them. It’s getting really bad.”

With the kids out of school now, Keesler is afraid something’s going to happen there.

“We’re getting multiple complaints, and it’s all through town. It’s just everywhere, every stop sign,” Camden Police Chief Tim Mikesell said.

A crosswalk at the intersection of U.S. 127 and Ohio 725 in Camden is essential, according to ODOT standards, however it is something the village does not have.

“According to ODOT and ADA (American Disability Act) standards … if we have one wheelchair that crosses that a year, we have to have it,” said Councilwoman Laura Schaeffer.

“We have to put in the ramps for the people crossing the road whether we have sidewalks there or not.”

Council approved a motion to construct a crosswalk.

Leah Ashman of Camden addressed council requesting a waiver to use well water, as opposed to city water for “agricultural purposes.”

“You can’t really grow flowers in a greenhouse with city water, there are too many chemicals,” said Ashman. Camden mayor Dan Michael said permits are pending regarding the issue, and once information becomes available, the village would be able to give that information to Ashman.

The village carnival will be held June 25-28 and will feature live music and potentially breakfast in the morning.

A new website will be designed for the village to provide better access to the website’s visitors, according to officials.

Certain trees in the village need to be cut down, according to Councilman Kelly Doran, however, Doran said he would like to plant two trees for every one tree that is cut down.

Additional signage for the village will be purchased and installed. Council also approved chip and seal work to be completed on Wagers Drive.

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