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Masts should be going up early next year for new traffic lights in downtown Ravenna, City Engineer Bob Finney told the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce at a recent breakfast meeting.
Finney said crews have finished setting pole bases and the new poles, or masts, should be going up in January and February.
Four of the existing fluted poles will be kept on Main Street, with new arms to hold the signals.
The project will replace 15 suspended signal lights with new, LED signals with larger, 12-inch diameter lenses.
Another signalization project on West Main Street is planned for 2016, he said.
Finney and city Economic Development Director Kerry Macomber also spoke of expansions and new businesses coming to the industrial park at S.R. 14 and S.R. 44. Finney said officials are talking with the Ohio Department of Transportation about adding a new access road to S.R. 14.
Also, the city is continuing to register rental properties, Finney said. He wants to make the list available on the city website so residents can see the number of rental units by address, see if the property is in compliance with the city maintenance code, and if the property's rental permit is still in force.
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Ironic that the same day that new Kent development and rebuilding the Stow Kent plaza are featured, the city of Ravenna features traffic lights for a dying downtown and references to the punitive property rental permits. All we need now is an article about how you're no longer allowed to park in front of your own house or maybe something about another failed eating establishment. Or perhaps something pointing out the city's attempts to close the remaining bars because they no longer feel like responding to calls from them.