Arcanum Safety discusses traffic light, curfew

by | Aug 23, 2021 | Arcanum, City Council, Darke County News, Local News, Schools

The Arcanum Safety Committee met Wednesday evening to discuss an ongoing traffic light project and a new curfew ordinance.

The committee first discussed a traffic light they want to install on both sides of Trojan Avenue near the school building. The project will include crosswalks and a flashing yellow caution light that the committee plans to operate during school hours only.

Arcanum Schools superintendent John Stephens attended the meeting to further discuss the project. Due to funding, the committee and Stephens primarily talked about transferring ownership of part of Trojan Avenue over to the village. The parts of the avenue included are the sides of Trojan Avenue, not including the sidewalks, from Main Street to a little bit passed the intersection at Sierra Lane. Police Chief Marcus Ballinger explained that after the transfer, the schools would still own the outline on the outsides of the road, and the village would own the right-of-way.

Next up, Stephens said he plans to meet with the Arcanum School Board to discuss the land transfer on Sept. 13. After that, the committee said they need another warrant study on the area to determine the traffic conditions.

The committee added that due to Ohio Department of Transportation grants needed for the project, they don’t believe the construction will start until close to the end of 2025. The projected budget for the project as of right now is near $500,000.

Chief Ballinger presented a revised draft of the new curfew ordinance to the committee. In this draft, Safety Committee Chairman Rick Genovesi said Ballinger kept it short and sweet.

“I like it a lot better Chief,” he said. “You came up with a very good one. It works.”

In the draft, the curfews are: 14 years and under — 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and 15 years to 17 years — 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ballinger added in the draft that this curfew does not apply to “a minor accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, other adult having care and custody of the minor, or if the minor is going to, or coming from a job, sport, school, church or social event.”

New in this draft, there’s a section regarding minors under 18 years that are currently suspended or expelled from school, or on probation from the juvenile court.

The curfews are: 17 years and under — 9 p.m. to end of the school day while in session and 17 years and under — 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. while school is not in session. Ballinger added in the draft that this curfew does not apply to “a minor accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, other adult having care and custody of the minor, or if the minor is going to, or coming from a job, sport, school, church or social event.”

Ballinger told the group that this new ordinance will be a deterrent to curb more serious crime among minors. The maximum fine for breaking the curfew will be $100, with no jail time and it will be considered a minor misdemeanor.

After some discussion, Ballinger said he will edit some of the wording related to the probation and expulsion curfew that could potentially be confusing, then meet with Village Solicitor Nicole Pohlman regarding the draft.

The Arcanum Village Council meets every second and last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., at 309 S. Albright St., Arcanum, Ohio 45304. For more information contact the village administration office at 937-692-8500.

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, crocheter, shopaholic and friend.

Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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