7/14/2017 4:01:00 PM Final warning: Slow down or pay Oak Hill Police Department plans major crackdown
The Oak Hill Village Council had a discussion once again during its Tuesday night, July 11 meeting on the problem of speeding motorists and how the village police department plans to deal with the issue. Pictured during the discussion are (from the left): Oak Hill Police Chief Reid Arbogast, Councilman Tim McCoy, Councilwoman Tara Cooper (back to camera), and Council President Danny Rhodes. (Telegram Photo By Red Thompson, Jr.)
The Oak Hill Police Department will soon be ticketing speeding motorists throughout the entire village, but especially in the target zone of Bingham, Jefferson and Boundary Streets.
During the Village Council meeting held Tuesday night, July 11 Council President Danny Rhodes started a long conversation about ticketing speeders, as he said people are ignoring the village's warnings. Rhodes stated he is concerned about the safety of children and local residents.
Oak Hill Mayor Rob Leonard stated complaints about speeders are coming in at a strong pace and it is time to do something about it.
Police Chief Reid Arbogast stated the village is issuing a final warning through both public media and social-media sources, and that the ticket-writing will begin soon.
Councilwoman Tara Cooper pointed out that she has heard about some incidents that could have led to property damage or someone getting hurt.
"The time has come to start writing tickets because of safety issues," Cooper stated.
She also pointed out that people are running stop signs and the mayor agreed, saying that is also a problem. Chief Arbogast is again asking the public to stop speeding and running stop signs, because those caught will be taking their chances in Magistrate Court before Judge Linda Warner.
Leonard added, the village does not want to make this move to harass or inconvenience anyone, but because the village has a responsibility to protect children and neighborhoods. The best way to avoid any trouble is not to speed. He thanks the public in advance for their cooperation.
In other action from the July 11 meeting:
Mayor Leonard reported the village has become compliant on issues it has with the EPA, and he thanked the village crews for making that happen.
The mayor also stated the citizens are making good progress in cleaning up their yards and businesses. There are just a few places in the village that he will be visiting, he stated, to advise the owners to clean up their properties.
Councilman Tim McCoy noted that final preparations are being made for the Community Yard Sale, which is to be held Saturday, Aug. 5.
The Oak Hill Village Council will meet again Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m.