Road issues

City is working with county on traffic and road issues | Albion new era

.ALBION – The new Noble County Annex won’t be ready for occupancy until mid-May.

But it has already raised issues that the city of Albion and Noble County officials are working on together.

At the March 22 meeting of the Albion City Council, Marshal Scott Cole showed video regarding a site trouble line at the intersection of Oak and West Jefferson streets.

In the video, Cole was driving north on Oak Street. He stopped his car at the crosswalk at the West Jefferson intersection, but with a van parked in the parking spot closest to West Jefferson at the new annex site, he couldn’t see the oncoming traffic. reverse. It wasn’t until Cole stopped at the intersection that he could see westbound traffic.

City Manager Jacob Ihrie said he was discussing possible solutions with Noble County Highways Department engineer Zack Smith.

“We are in discussion with him,” Ihrie told the board.

One option is to erect large traffic mirrors that will allow traffic at that intersection to see if anything is happening.

At Monday’s meeting of Noble County commissioners, Smith said he thinks the best option may be to put up a four-way stop sign at the corner of Oak and Jefferson, to slow traffic eastbound and make sure people have enough time to back out of their lanes.

The city also discussed the section of Oak Street that runs along the west side of the new addition. Heavy construction equipment wreaked havoc on the road.

“The road was in fairly good condition before construction,” Councilman John Morr said. “Now, that is no longer the case.”

“He’s in terrible shape,” Councilman Chris Magnuson said.

Ihrie said he is also working with the county to see what can be done to remedy this situation.

Smith said Monday talks are underway with city and Weigand officials. Weigand is the general contractor for the annex.

Also at the March 22 meeting:

• Council approved a $3,700 frontage grant for the Brick Ark Inn, 215 N. Orange St. Owner Tammy Luce is having $7,400 in brick, gutter and soffit repairs. The Albion Redevelopment Commission sent a positive recommendation to the council for the grant.

• Albion Fire Chief Bob Amber said the firefighter-ordered van was almost ready for service. The truck had been ordered in December 2020 and had suffered several delays due to a nationwide shortage of microchips.

Unfortunately, the truck was not equipped as it was supposed to be.

“It’s over at Cop’s Gear gearing up,” Amber said. “He didn’t come equipped like he’s supposed to.”

Amber said her department has already completed 110 trips since Jan. 1, calling it a very busy stretch.

• The board approved Cole’s request to upgrade Deputy City Marshal Chuck Lewallen from second-class patrolman to first-class patrolman, effective April 3. The change will allow Lewallen to use the department’s take-home policy and provide a raise.

• Council awarded its waterline extension project to Pulver Asphalt Paving. Pulver had the lowest bid of $135,000. The waterline extension project will bring new, updated sewer service on East Hazel from Third Street to Fifth Street.

Ihrie said Pulver’s offer was only $10,000 higher than the engineer’s estimate, which he considered a low amount given how inflation has hit the industry. construction.