August 22's Letters to the Editor
To the Editor,
What is the value of a life?
It is $169.00 per year.
That is the estimated amount of Morrow County property taxes which will be derived from the triangular parcel at the U.S. 42 curve on which the billboards are located. And these won’t start being paid until 2014.
These billboards present a huge safety issue for motorists. I just don’t see the wisdom in sacrificing our safety for a mere $169.00 a year.
I call upon Cardington Township Trustees to repeal the illegal billboard permit and, per the law, require that they be torn down within 30 days.
Go to www.billboardsafety.org for more information.
Margaret Giffon, Cardington
To the Editor:
On behalf of the members of Concerned Citizens for Your Safety (CCFYS), I thank the Cardington Township Trustees and staff for providing us the opportunity last week to present our concerns regarding the illegality of the billboards on the U.S. 42 curve.
We understand that since that meeting, the Trustees have met with the County Prosecutor. Both the Cardington Township Trustee Chairperson and the Zoning officer have indicated that the previously-issued permit has been withdrawn and a formal procedure has been initiated to address whether the billboards should remain or be taken down. We commend the Trustees on that decision.
We continue to maintain that these billboards present a unnecessary safety hazard and should not be issued a permit.
As this process is negotiated, we extend to Cardington Township personnel any assistance we can provide while they collect relevant documents and data so that a well-informed decision can be made. We have researched the issue thoroughly, have assembled a host of pertinent documents, and sincerely thank Township personnel, as well as personnel from the County Auditor, Engineer, Zoning, and Recorder offices for their help. We also thank those at the Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation who, through both a meeting and discussions, shed additional light on the legal and regulatory aspects involved.
Thank You to all of those who came out for and who spoke at the meeting, and to those in the community who have, behind the scenes, provided their moral and financial support.
An important part of the CCFYS mission is to provide education and to encourage your input. We will be holding a “Community Information Meeting” this Friday, August 24 at 7 PM at Legion Park in Cardington (in the center of town) to bring everyone “up to speed” on what has happened to date, what will we understand will transpire, what the major issues are as the process unfolds. Please join us and your neighbors so you, too, can be informed.
If you have any questions, you should visit www.billboardsafety.org. There, you will find our contact information. We welcome your questions, and will do our best to answer them as best we can in a timely manner.
Again, thank you to the Cardington Township Trustees, and to those who continue to believe in the need to insure our safety as motorists.
Vicki Kerman, Concerned Citizens for Your Safety, Cardington
Letter to the Editor,
The billboards on U.S. 42 are a huge safety hazard for motorists. Not only do they present a distraction, but they also are a problem for motorists who, should they lose control of their vehicle at this dangerous curve, risk serious injury or death if their vehicle runs into one of the steel columns. This places Cardington Township in severe financial jeopardy should any lawsuit be filed when (not if) an accident occurs there. The fact that they are illegal per Township zoning code magnifies the financial risk to the Township.
The State Highway Patrol has documented the number of accidents at this curve in just the last five years. There have been 21 accidents there since 2007, including one fatality. How sad! To be compounding an already-dangerous curve with a significant safety hazard simply does not make sense.
It is in the best interest of both Township and County residents that these billboards be removed. Our officials should do whatever is necessary to make that happen. Each day which goes by with the billboards on the site only increases the probability of a serious accident happening, and exposes the Township to the possibility of expensive litigation.
A year-by-year tally of the accidents is available on www.billboardsafety.org at the “Latest News” tab.
Barb Weise, Cardington
I attended the Cardington Trustees meeting on Monday 8/13 . I appreciated that I was permitted to voice my concerns over the safety hazard the billboard at the U.S. 42 curve presents. Their justification was that this sign would promote our town. Now I feel, considering the legal issues involved that, the only statement left to make is this: “Lind Media, tear down this sign”
Please voice your concerns regarding this issue to the Cardington Township trustees, reminding them that the township is zoned for our protection. For further information and updates please see the web site: Billboardsafety.org
Linda Harvey, Cardington