DOVER — The city will purchase two speed camera panels to help monitor traffic on N. Wooster Avenue.
Dover will spend $6,672 to purchase two of Stalker Radar’s panels.
In April, a resident approached the city council to raise concerns about the high speed some motorists use on the busy street. Officials agreed to increase police patrols and consider other measures to control speed.
Director of Safety and Human Resources Gerry Mroczkowski told the board on Monday that he had reviewed radar signals from Stalker Radar and Elan City. Stalker panels are already in use in Bolivar and Strasbourg, while Elan City panels are in use in Zoar.
Stalker panels have a 15-inch screen, while Elan City panels have a 13-inch screen. Mroczkowski said he thought the Elan City signs weren’t big enough for a four-lane freeway like Wooster Avenue.
They can both analyze traffic flow by vehicle type and speed.
“Stalker Radar is a very well-known company,” he told the board. “They make a lot of police radar, a lot of police gear, so I’m leaning towards the Stalker product, not only because it’s bigger, but we can program it.”
If the money is available, he suggested buying two Elan City signs for use on Crater Avenue. Two of these panels would cost $6,100.
Authorities have also received speeding complaints on Crater Avenue.
In another action, the council approved an ordinance to opt out of recent legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly that would allow residents to use consumer-grade fireworks.
By passing the ordinance, Dover reaffirms a ban on discharging, igniting, detonating or exploding such fireworks within the city limits.
Fire Chief Russ Volkert and Police Chief Paul Bantum had recommended action.
“I think that’s a good thing. In residential neighborhoods, you don’t want fireworks going off like they did at the park in late summer in your neighborhood, starting fires “said Councilwoman Sandy Moss.
The New Philadelphia City Council recently took similar action.
Prior to the board meeting, Justin Perkowski was sworn in as chairman of the board by Chief Legal Officer Doug O’Meara. Perkowski’s children, Jase, 6, and Reagan, 3, were present for the ceremony.
Perkowski replaces Shane Gunnoe, who resigned to become interim mayor of Dover.
The board then selected Moss to serve as interim chairman of the board.