Eaton hears from Preble Trails


EATON — Eaton City Council met on Monday, Sept. 21, and heard presentations from Preble Trails, a pro-cycling advocacy group, and the Preble County Development Partnership.

Council was presented with information from Preble Trails representatives, who brought concerns of a lack of signage, bike lanes, and safe methods of travel within Eaton. The group members talked about their passion for making the city – along with the county – more bicycle accessible as well as educating students from an early age about bike safety, such as the importance of helmets.

They also spoke on taking part in Bike Route 50, a route that runs from one side of the country to the other. They want to include part of the route though a place in the city. Preble Trails is hoping to collaborate with the city on this project, as they begin researching and planning for such a trail, basing it on community input and statistics on which roads are safer and the most able to be traveled.

Lastly, they spoke about the potential of getting bike racks around the city, starting with the Preble County Courthouse, Kettering Emergency Department, and The Eaton Place.

Council then received a presentation from the Preble County Development Partnership, and voted to keep the city in partnership with the program for the next five years.

There was also a public hearing regarding vacating the undeveloped street on Lowry Ave. Council voted on the first reading of the ordinance and City Manager Brad Collins informed members that the staff has no objection to the proposed vacation.

Council then held a second reading and adopted the preliminary development plan for the PUD at the former Bruce Elementary. Century-3 Investments wants to rezone the area and turn the building into a mixed-use facility, proposing it be used for educational purposes as well as office and assembly space.

In other business, council unanimously passed five resolutions, the first being the authorization of the city manager to execute an addendum with Rumpke for a refuse contract at a cost of $14.27 per unit. This is an approximate $1 increase from the last two years. The contract is a one-year extension.

Other resolutions included authorizing the city manager to execute a multi-jurisdictional agreement with the county in order to get a portion of Nation Ave. paved near the fairgrounds; authorizing the city manager to execute a contract to get the water tank painted at the Clarence Bank Water Treatment Plant; designating financial institutions as public depositories; and the execution of CHIP documents.

Eaton City Council meets on the third Monday of each month at the 328 N. Maple St. at 7 p.m.

By Jeremy Erskine

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