WADSWORTH: City Council Tuesday turned down a proposed ordinance to increase the speed limit on High Street between Reimer Road east to the city's northern boundary.
That ordinance would have increased the speed limit to 35 mph from Reimer Road east to Reimer Road west and 45 mph from Reimer Road west to the city's northern boundary. The limits were recommended by the Ohio Department of Transportation based upon a speed study. Since High Street is State Route 94, ODOT decides the speed limit on that stretch of highway. At this time the speed limit is 25 mph from Reimer Road east to Reimer Road west and 35 mph from Reimer Road west to the northern boundary.
Safety committee chairman Tim Eberling told council's Committee of the Whole which met prior to the regular council meeting a "no" vote on the proposal would "please the community" but a "yes" vote would "allow the police to enforce" the speed limit in that area.
Residents and city officials have expressed concerns about increasing the limit. Councilman John Sharkey explained "residents have indicated they are not comfortable with the 45."
Safety Director Matt Hiscock advised the council to approve the ordinance to comply with the state law. Hiscock explained the present posted speed limit cannot be enforced and has advised Police Chief Randy Reinke not to allow officers to enforce the present limits.
Hiscock noted that if a person is ticketed for speeding under the present speed limits, he/she will have a defense to contest it. He advised "we need to follow the law."