Village of Flushing Mayor focused on safety

Speeding, grass clippings in roadways cause for concern

FLUSHING — Village leaders are focusing on safety in Flushing this spring.

Mayor Angelo Vincenzo asked that village officers start issuing warnings and citations to residents who blow their grass clippings onto village roadways. The safety matter was raised during a Thursday meeting when Councilwoman Sandy Twarog asked Police Chief Paul Leek what could be done about people mowing their grass clippings onto the road. She pointed out that the clippings pose a risk to motorcyclists.

Leek said that disposing of grass clippings in a roadway is covered under the Ohio Revised Code and is considered littering.

Vincenzo said those clipping also cause trouble by ending up in the storm sewers and asked Leek to start by issuing warnings and giving residents a chance to clean up the clippings before charging offenders with littering.

In another safety matter, Councilman John Jozwiak expressed concern about people speeding on side streets while bypassing construction work. After some discussion, it was decided to add extra patrols while paving is happening.

Fiscal Officer Jeryl McGaffick also informed council that the village has a little more than $500 to spend on safety equipment and supplies since a Public Entities Pool grant the village received was increased to $1,000 instead of the $500 that is usually awarded. She suggested the money be used to purchase fire extinguishers, exit signs and a first aid kit for the former Harrison Hills Health Clinic building that the village recently purchased for the purpose of relocating village offices.

During Village Administrator Bryan Clark’s monthly report, he updated officials on a storm sewer project on Station Hill that was completed by village crews ahead of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s paving of Ohio 331. That ODOT project is expected to progress through Flushing this week, weather permitting.

“The Station Hill project was a major nightmare. We ran into four gas lines, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and the old waterline all in the same area where we were working,” Clark said. “We had to get the township to bring their jackhammer because where we wanted to put the pipe, we had to go through solid sandstone, but it’s in.”

Clark also said village workers would not be able to complete work on a sunken storm sewer catch basin on East High Street before the paving crews arrive. However, he noted that the state inspector had been pleased with the work they had done on Station Hill and was confident that Clark and the village crew would be able to take care of that job as well.

Clark said everything except the gravel has been purchased to do that job and it is just a matter of finding the time to do it.

Twarog had high praise for village employees.

“I was down there the other evening, and you guys did one heck of a job,” she said. “Thank you.”

Twarog noted that she saw Vincenzo there helping out, along with Leek, who was directing traffic.

Meanwhile, Councilman Chad Sutton asked if the village could hire some additional help, saying that the uncut grass and full garbage cans at Schuler Park were a problem during recent ball games held there.

Clark said he was looking to hire some seasonal help, but that it was difficult to find people. He added that the Station Hill project had taken priority over other tasks.

Clark conceded that he was embarrassed at the current state of the park and said that village crews would be out there as soon as possible.