Boardman Police Sgt. John Allsopp addressed Boardman Trustees on Monday night, saying he has been trying for three years to get a traffic light installed at the intersection of McClurg Rd. and South Ave.
The intersection had been the scene of no less than five accidents just this year; and over the past three years, there have been four fatalities at the intersection, Police Chief Jack Nichols said.
Sgt. Allsopp indicated many traffic accidents occur on South Ave, between Rt. 224 and Western Reserve Rd. According to BPD accident reports, through the first three months of the year, upwards of 30 accidents have occurred along that stretch of South Ave.
“In Oct., 2008, we had a fatal crash at South Ave. and McClurg Rd. and sought a traffic signal there,” Sgt. Allsopp told Trustees, adding it wasn’t until Nov., 2010 that the Mahoning County Engineer “finally approved a traffic study for the intersection. The study agreed a traffic signal was needed.”
“Every consideration should be given to make that a priority,” Sgt. Allsopp said.
Boardman Road Supt. Larry Wilson told Trustees that Marilyn Kenner, of the county engineers, “said funding has been applied for a light at the intersection.”
Trustees agreed a traffic signal is needed and indicated they would have their administrator, Jason Loree, contact the county engineers office in an attempt to speed-up the process for signalization at the intersection.
Trustees held their regularly-scheduled meeting at the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities workshop at 160 Marwood Court, in recognition of Disability Awareness Month.
A proclamation was presented to Dr. James Chengelis, of Boston, Mass. in recognition of his contributions to the community. Dr. Chengelis had gifted Stadium Dr. Elementary School in many ways, including funding to help complete the school’s new library facilities; and on Wednesday he provided another sizeable contribution to Stadium Dr. to help create a science investigation lab.
Dr. Chengelis, a graduate of Boardman High School, has lived in the Boston area since 1988.
Every September he provides some 500 miniature American flags that are used by Stadium Dr. students to commemorate the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorist attacks hit New York City and Washington, D.C.