It was a full house Monday evening when Chillicothe Council reviewed a requested easement at Western and Limestone.
Most the audience was residents of Brewer Heights, who gave many statements and questions about the proposed Atomic Credit Union office...after council questioned ODOT representatives, especially Beth Neal.
Michael Dombrowski, Deputy Director of Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 based in Chillicothe, said the easement to Limestone Boulevard is best solution...since there is not enough traffic on Limestone to legally permit a traffic light on Western Avenue.
He said he understands the concerns of the residents, but as part of the state, his concerns are safety of the traveling public and congestion issues.
The credit union could appeal that decision to the state office and get a different answer on access, like the new Captain D's near the south side of the intersection.
The highway department controls the south side of the highway since it's outside city limits, while the city has power over the north side.
Other suggestions included creating an access road behind the racquet club, and moving the easement farther away from Western Avenue.
The legislation is at third and final reading next Monday...but all bets are off on what will happen to it.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils and local culture