Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 18:49
Marshal says barricade warning applies to those not stopping at businesses
Drivers who ignore the barricades blocking Fredonia Avenue do so at their own risk, Village Marshal Mike Davel told the Fredonia Village Board last week.
Although efforts have been made to let people know they can still get to Fredonia Avenue businesses while the road is being reconstructed, signs warn motorists that the route is closed to through traffic.
People passing through the village are asked to use Martin Drive when heading east or west.
Davel said his officers have stopped as many as 20 people for ignoring the warning sign since the road project began.
“Most of the drivers are getting warnings, but we have issued some tickets and even made some arrests for driving without a license or for outstanding warrants,” he told trustees.
During an update on the Fredonia Avenue project, one resident asked whether the village had considered fining Frontier Communications for holding up the work.
Robert Lallensack asked if there was some way to hold the company responsible for prolonging the project.
“How would you like to live on that road and have to put up with all that noise and all that dust? It is not like a blizzard that can be cleared after a couple of days,” Lallensack said.
“Isn’t there some way the village or the county can fine them? This is ridiculous. It is like they are holding 2,200 people hostage.”
According to village officials, work on the road was essentially stalled for several weeks while poles used by the private utility company were moved along the road right-of-way. That work is now complete.
“When we held the pre-construction meeting (in April), the folks from Frontier said they hadn’t started working on their pole relocation plans yet,” Public Works Director Roger Strohm said.
Village President Don Dohrwardt said he was sympathetic with the plight of area residents and businesses suffering during the road project, but doubted legal action was the answer.
“The businesses are hurting, that’s for sure. We could probably take (Frontier) to court, but at what cost?” Dohrwardt said.
As a sign of progress, he said the contractors anticipate installing curb and gutters along the road this week.
“Once that starts, we are really going to have to put the brakes on through traffic,” Dohrwardt warned.