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Commissioners cruise on speed limits, signs

A concern about highway sign postage arose last week at the Harrison County Commissioners meeting.
Kevin Russel, county engineer, presented the commissioners Sept. 17 with a speed limit ordinance for their consideration. The change would potentially affect Clover Valley Road and Walk Drive. The maximum speed limit between S.R. 64 to S.R. 337 on Clover Valley Road would be 40 mph, and the speed limit on Walk Drive, between S.R. 64 and Nadorff Road, to 30 mph.
Commissioner Terry Miller wanted to make sure the signs would be put in the correct places.
‘There needs to be a set policy, designate where signs go and what signs will go there,’ said Miller.
He said there are a few areas where signs present a hazard to the driver and a possible lawsuit to the county. His main concern was the posting of speed limit signs in close proximity to sharp curves.
‘A manual is supposed to be used, and it has not been used appropriately,’ Russel said. ‘I’d like for the people who are responsible to be able to do it.’
Commissioner J.R. Eckart expressed the need for Russel to have the power to train those people in putting up the signs.
‘Someone is going to have to take care of this,’ Miller said. ‘It’s serious business.’
Russel replied, ‘I don’t want to be held accountable for someone I’m not in control over.’
The commissioners agreed on the speed limit ordinance, and Russel will get more information on the signage concerns.
The commissioners also changed the intersection at St. John’s Church Road and Hess Jawtak Road from a one-way stop to a three-way stop. Russel explained that visibility to the north is blocked by a bank along St. John’s Church Road and is also hampered by a sag vertical curve to the north of the intersection.
‘It’s a really bad spot,’ said Russel.
In other county matters Sept. 17, Doug Dodge, assistant principal at North Harrison High School and a member of the Harrison County Alternative School board, presented the alternative school’s budget to the commissioners.
‘We’ve had an outstanding year,’ said Dodge, adding how the program was started from the ground up and is now used as an example across the country. ‘We’ve grown leaps and bounds,’ he said.
Students are sent to the Alternative School instead of being suspended or expelled, thus allowing them to remain in school and on track for graduation. Before the Alternative School was implemented in Harrison County, students were sent to juvenile facilities located throughout the state.
‘I don’t know how much money has been saved, but it has significantly reduced cost,’ said Harrison County Auditor Pat Wolfe.