Botkins council discusses dangerous intersection

By Heather Willard -

BOTKINS — Botkins council members addressed the dangerous intersection of county Road 25A and state Route 274, which has been a topic of discussion for several months.

Village Administrator Randy Purdy noted that Botkins Police Chief Tom Glass suggested lowering the speed limit from 55 to 45 in that area. Council members were concerned that the sudden drop in speed there could be considered a speed trap.

“We don’t want to create a speed trap. We want to keep it safe,” said Mayor Steve Woodruff.

Other options discussed included large “Dangerous Intersection Ahead” signs, flashing LED stop signs and changing the color of the yellow “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs to the same green of school crossing signs. No option was selected, but Purdy said he would look into quotes for the LED signs and contact the Ohio Department of Transportation for information about the other signs.

Purdy also spoke about construction projects, including the Woodland Subdivision project. The developer hopes to start putting in curbs during the week of Sept. 18. The Botkins sidewalk project is expected to be finished in a couple of weeks and is also coming in under budget. Council is looking into continuing the project in next year’s budget.

The council also read a resolution to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies to certify them to the county auditor for the second time.

The village administrator also informed the council that Miami Valley Lighting is ahead of schedule and will be able to start replacing street lights with the LED upgrades before the end of the year.

By Heather Willard

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4825.