Zoar says road damage caused by trucks

Zoar says road damage caused by trucks
Lori Feeney

According to village council, damage to Main Street in Zoar is being caused by trucks hauling asphalt through town for paving work on state Route 800. Council plans to ask ODOT to remedy the situation.


According to members of Zoar Council, an intersection on Route 212 and Second Street in Zoar is being damaged by heavy truck traffic carrying asphalt through the village for paving work on state Route 800.

According to Mayor Scott Gordon, work performed previously at that intersection by the water department had settled. “We really didn’t have a problem until they started sending those heavy trucks through the village,” he said.

During the July 15 meeting of village council, street supervisor David Irwin raised the issue, saying residents near the intersection also are complaining that plaster on their walls is being cracked when trucks speed over what has now become a dip-and-bump in the road. Irwin will speak to the Ohio Department of Transportation to see what can be done to remedy the situation.

Safety committee chairman Tom Klingaman said he has received additional complaints about speeding in the village and trucks using engine breaks. The village agreed to hire the Bolivar Police Department for periodic traffic watches at a cost of $20 per hour.

Klingaman also reported the arrival of new security cameras to be placed around the village. The cameras were purchased with a grant from PEP Insurance. Because the cameras were purchased at a 40% discount, leftover funds from the grant will be used for traffic signs, road closing signs and cones for festivals and events, safety vests, and replacing a playground sliding board at the school house.

Silk House owners put
on notice

Gordon said a letter was sent requiring the owners of the Silk House property on Foltz Street to hire an exterminator to rid the property of rodents and close all holes in the foundation where animals have entry. Gordon said the owners have 30 days to respond. If they do not respond, they will be cited, and the village will have the work done, adding the cost to the owner’s tax bill.

Cherry Hill septic problems addressed

Gordon said he is requesting a feasibility study on possibly connecting residents of the Cherry Hill development to county sewer lines in the wake of failing septic systems there. The study will cost approximately $15,000-$20,000, with the cost likely covered by funds from the American Rescue Plan.

Zoar Levee
preconstruction survey

A preconstruction survey began the week of July 19. All property owners west of Main Street between First and Fifth streets and for one block east of Main will be contacted. The survey is expected to take about one month.

In other matters

Gordon reported the village will receive approximately $18,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act. One half of the funds are available now, with the second half to be distributed toward the end of the year.

Gordon said the North Country Trail Group performed clean-up work at the campsite at Lime Kiln Lake, and a BSA troop from Malvern will periodically check on the site and perform maintenance work as needed.

Council voted to do the following:

—Allow the Tuscazoar 100-mile run coming through the village on Labor Day weekend.

—Move funds in the amount of $216 to make up for a shortfall in insurance premiums.

—Pay former fiscal officer Patty Smith for assistance with the year-end audit at a cost of $20 per hour, not to exceed a $200 total.

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