BUCKEYE LAKE – Mayor Peggy A. Wells reported to council members Monday evening that the village had survived another unofficial ‘Supercruise.’
She thanked Police Chief Vicki Wardlow, Fire Chief Clifford Mason, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Ruton and their staffs; Toby Miller; and some volunteers including Tonya Ritter, Art Hertlein, Sondra Facemeire, Ali Caldwell and Brandon Van Wey. Wells also thanked the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Homeland Security for providing the observation tower (located opposite the entrance to the North Shore Park) that Chief Wardlow requested; and ODOT for providing the mobile message board located behind the observation tower and giving the village dozens of used traffic control cones.
Wells added, “The original plan to confine tire squealing to the two innermost lanes of the four lane portion of Ohio 79 to provide a buffer between the vehicles and spectators was partially thwarted when the Ohio State Highway Patrol ordered us to open both southbound lanes to alleviate traffic backing up on I-70.” She went on to thank the many drivers who honored our “no violations” designation for the two-lane portion of Ohio 79 from the North Shore Park to the western village limits. “We did not have enough officers available to actually issue citations to violators,” she explained. There are noticeably fewer tire marks on the two-lane portion of Ohio 79 this year. Wells said neither the Licking County Sheriff’s office nor the Granville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were able to provide any deputies/troopers to the event.
She thanked Union Township who provided their officer and the Village of Hebron for providing three special duty officers, supplemented with some on-duty officers. Wells also thanked Explore Licking County and the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for answering her plea for financial assistance to pay for the special-duty officers.