In my last letter I ended by stating that Kirkersville had issued a total of 1033 tickets between January 1, 2015 and June 22, 2016. That’s an average of less than 60 tickets per month. Since Kirkersville now has only about four police officers, I expect that number to decrease quite a bit in the next few months.
I recently received some numbers for three local villages. The following numbers are only speeding tickets issued in each entity for the time period January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016:
|Jan: 25||Feb: 21|
|Mar: 50||Apr: 32|
|May: 42||June: 15|
|Jan: 16||Feb: 15|
|Mar: 11||Apr: 10|
|May: 5||June: 16|
|Jan: 16||Feb: 19|
|Mar: 72||Apr: 42|
|May: 53||June: 34|
As you can see, Kirkersville and Buckeye
Lake both got a little crazy in March, but it looks like their numbers are coming down. Kirkersville has about one mile of Interstate 70 in their jurisdiction (not that I think they should be out on the freeway) and neither Buckeye Lake nor Hebron have any Interstate jurisdiction.
According to the minutes of the July 6th Kirkersville Council meeting, there are plans in the works to develop 280 acres (along Outville Road to “look like Pro Logis with big box warehouses.” The property owner will be asking council to create a CRA (Community Reinvestment Area) which will set parameters for what abatements are allowed. Steve Layman said, “My understanding of the CRA is that we need to include two residential properties and we can do that by including the VanBurens on Keller Road and we can draw the line down 40 or we can do the whole village.”
Also in the Kirkersville council minutes, a citizen stated that she heard about the income tax that Kirkersville is talking about imposing (which will effect anyone living in or working in the village). The citizen asked how can Kirkersville impose this tax when they have nothing to offer?