Village seeking grant funding for new signs

By Joshua Keeran -

WOODSTOCK – Numerous safety signs in the village may be replaced if the Ohio Department of Transportation awards Rush Township trustees a grant through its Township Safety Sign Grant Program, Village Council learned Monday.

Village Administrator Bradley Herron said prior to Rush Township trustees submitting the application to ODOT, they informed the village that, under the terms of the grant, townships can invite municipalities within their boundaries to participate in the grant program.

Herron said the village quickly took the township up on its offer.

“We have a lot of faded signs that need replaced,” he said.

Herron told council the village is seeking 17 stop signs, 16 red stop sign post reflectors, 14 “25 MPH” speed limit signs, and two “10 MPH” speed limit signs.

According to the ODOT website, 200 townships were invited to apply for a grant through the Township Safety Sign Grant Program, which provides up to $50,000 per township in safety sign materials.

In other business:

•Mayor Jackie Hayes said village residents managed to fill two Dumpsters during the community cleanup last weekend.

“I feel like we should have another (cleanup event) in the fall,” she said.

•Fiscal Officer Tom Hallinan informed council the village’s most recent audit has been completed.

“It’s a pretty good audit report if I do say so myself,” he said.

Hallinan added the only finding listed on the report centered around him not always using then and now purchase orders during the time period in question.

“I’ve corrected my ways,” he said.

•Herron said the north and west exterior walls of the Woodstock Municipal Building have been repaired and painted.

In 2015, North Lewisburg artist Pat Bollack-Brown shared with council a rough sketch of a mural she would like to paint on the north exterior wall of the municipal building of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train, which passed through the village.

Council agreed to contact Bollack-Brown to see if she would like to proceed with the mural.

•Council member Mike Dixon expressed concerns over property owners not mowing their lawns, as well as residents allowing their dogs to trespass and defecate on private property.

In the past, residents have been reminded that the village’s law concerning nuisance properties is based on Ohio Basic Code 93.40, which states properties must be kept clear of noxious weeds, rank vegetation, and grass in excess of 12 inches high. In addition, all properties within the municipality must be mowed at least twice a year – once between June 1 and July 1 and once between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1.

Herron told Dixon he would work with the mayor to send letters to property owners with lawns deemed to be a nuisance and to residents who allow their dogs to run at large.

By Joshua Keeran

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-508-2304 or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.