Chillicothe Council on 2-Way 2nd Street, Lost Judicial Tool in

posted by Kevin Coleman -

After Chillicothe Council Monday evening, downtown Second Street will be getting more discussion on returning it to two-way. 

Dave Tatman announced that his Engineering Committee will review the idea Wednesday evening.  He said the big question is less whether to do it, than how to pay for doing it. 

He said it's not just a matter of a few signs.  The biggest expense would be at Paint Street, where the estimated cost for new poles and traffic controls is lowering...but still in six figures. 

Tatman says the Police and Fire Departments still have reservations about the idea, and closing it for events might be a concern - but all that should be aired out in the meeting 6pm Wednesday. 

If it happens, Tatman says it most likely won't be this year. 

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The Law Director mentioned that a useful tool ended January first. 

Sherri Rutherford said she has lost the "Criminal Diversion Program" for people with no priors accused of low-level, nonviolent felonies and misdemeanors...leading to some form of restitution, counseling, or self-improvement. 

Rutherford said the grant for it was apparently not renewed.  With 90 misdemeanors in the program last year, and not counting felonies, it was a substantial program. 

She said most towns our size have such a program...and the court has asked her to start own program to continue trying to lighten the court load and avoid filling jail cells. 

The "Underaged Consumption Program" and "Drug Court" are still ongoing. 

Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture

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