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Council agrees to close part of South Whitewoman Street

| March 31, 2017

COSHOCTON – Coshocton City Council took a step toward improvements to the interchange at State Route 541 and State Route 16 when it passed resolution 4-17 at its March 27 meeting.

The resolution proposes the city cooperates with the Director of Transportation of the State of Ohio who submitted a petition to close part of South Whitewoman Street.

“It will be closed by the Marathon Station,” said Mayor Steve Mercer. “ODOT needs it closed because once the ramps are redone it would be in the lane right where you start to accelerate.”

The resolution requires that any, “damages, legally due property owners abutting the portion of the highway(s) to be closed shall be paid by the director of transportation as part of the costs of acquiring right-of-way for the state highway improvement and pursuant to procedures provided by law relating to the director of transportation.”

The closure will be a permanent one, but will not happen for a year or so when work begins on the interchange. Mercer said ODOT will work on the north side of the State Route 541 Bridge and the interchange in 2018 and the south side in 2019.

During the council meeting Councilman Glenn Mishler shared that the infrastructure committee met briefly and is moving forward with exploring the city’s options to expand water and sewer coverage to area residents.

Mercer announced that the city health board’s accreditation process is moving along and the application should be submitted sometime next year, which falls within the appropriate time frame. He also shared that some nurses with the health department were planning on attending a train the trainer session for CPR and will be able to provide that life saving training to other departments.

Councilman Brad Fuller announced that he would be asking the Our Town Coshocton board to attend a city council meeting in the near future to help keep the lines of communications open between the two groups.

Council President Cliff Biggers wrapped up the meeting by informing the other members that he plans to attend public records training and bring information back to share with council.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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