FREDERICKTOWN — Dog poop, skateboards and distracted driving were topics of discussion by Fredericktown Council Monday night.
During the new business portion of Monday’s council meeting, councilmember Dusty Frazier brought up skateboards on roadways, citing safety issues, and said “the (dog) feces is horrible in this town.”
Frazier said he often sees three or four skateboarders out on several roads in the village at night. The skateboarders sometimes are wearing dark clothes and are hard for motorists to see, Frazier said.
There is an ordinance regarding skateboards on roads “and it is being enforced,” Frazier said.
On the dog poop issue, Frazier said he has had a problem with a neighbor allowing their dog to go to the bathroom in his yard and sees dog feces on sidewalks.
Village Solicitor Adam Landon said it may be possible to address the issue by amending the village’s ordinance on littering to include dog feces.
Also Monday, Fredericktown Police Chief Roger Brown received council’s approval to move ahead with a distracted driving policy barring his officers from using cellphones while on duty.
Brown said officers are no longer permitted to use their cellphones while driving, though no written policy is in place. For all communication purposes, including emergencies, officers are to use their radios, Brown said, though the policy would allow for some extenuating circumstances.
Officers have been using their cellphones while driving on duty, Brown said, noting that “we’re no better” at putting away the cellphone while on the road as others. Brown said he hopes police will set a positive example.
Brown said the policy was inspired by an increase in fatal accidents this year in Knox County, as well as recent changes in Ohio laws regarding distracted driving.
Village Administrator Bruce Snell said the same policy is being considered for all village employees.
Snell reported that reflective signs worth $4,200 were obtained through a grant partnership with Morris Township. The signs were mentioned by Snell after Frazier said motorists were not stopping at the four-way stop on Chestnut and West Second streets, and it was suggested some of the signs go there, along with stop bar pavement markings. Brown also suggested putting up speed limit signs on side streets that are not currently posted.
Leaf pick-up is underway in the village on an as-needed schedule, Snell said, and will continue through the month until all leaves are collected.
Councilmember Bill Van Nostrand said volunteers will be putting up lights for the annual Christmas Walk on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. Anyone who wishes to help is welcome, Van Nostrand said.
Also Monday, council:
•Approved a resolution continuing an enterprise zone tax credit for Unique Metal Designs, Inc.
•Approved a resolution transferring $10,000 to council funds and $10,000 to police benefits from the general fund’s contingencies line item.
•Asked Snell to look at whether a fence can be constructed at a Mount Vernon Avenue residence where bicyclists are cutting through the yard to the bike trail.
•Approved a request by Snell to amend the village work policy to prohibit the use of medical marijuana by employees. Snell has proposed adopting the City of Mount Vernon’s policy, with some changes in wording. The policy will come before council after the changes have been made.