Blocked crossings concern council

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore Council on Tuesday agreed to consider legislation to fine railroad companies for blocking village rail crossings for extended periods.

Council has been frustrated with CSX trains that block the village’s five railway crossings, causing some emergency rescue vehicles to detour toward Interstate 75 to respond to a call in the village.

Ohio law, according to Police Chief Allan Baer, allows for fines to be levied in these instances.

Village Solicitor Chet Marcin will offer suggested legislation to council.

Also, council indicated it would like better communication from CSX when the company closes down railroad crossings for repairs.

Separately, Councilman Bill Cameron maintained there “are too many names for some streets” in North Baltimore. Specifically, Deshler Road, Briar Hill Road and Ohio 18 all share the same pavement in North Baltimore, which can confuse motorists.

Any change of street names would require new addresses for some properties.

Marcin will study the situation.

Separately, Fire Chief Ted Francisco suggested replacing a 1989 grass fire truck, which is rusting. Buying a new grass truck could cost $56,000.

The fire chief said his department has applied for three grants without success. Francisco said he will pursue other grants.

In other business, council:

  • Heard that the Wood County commissioners are discussing water issues in light of a recent algae bloom that created problems for Lucas County water customers.
  • Will be interviewing people next week who are interested in becoming part-time police officers in North Baltimore.
  • Was informed the press box at a ballfield at the village park was vandalized.

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