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Fairlawn Installs Lift Gate for Emergency Access on Rosemont Boulevard

Fairlawn is installing the gate to stop through traffic from using the neighborhood to get to future Walmart development on Rothrock Road.

In a couple weeks, emergency vehicles and buses will use a microphone system to get into the back end of Rosemont Commons from Rosemont Boulevard.

Fairlawn officials are installing a lift gate at the intersection of Rothrock Road and Rosemont Boulevard to stop traffic from using the neighborhood as a through-way when Walmart builds on Rothrock Road.

The gate will lift when It uses a certain frequency and opens in less than 7 seconds, said Fairlawn Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten.

The gate has several fail-safes, as well. The gate is counter-balanced and can be easily lifted in case of a total power failure, which is unlikely, Staten said. When power to the gate does go off, it's fail-safe is to automatically open and stay open.

The gate also has enough of a battery backup to open and close several hundred times in case power in the city is off.

To protect the lever to open the gate from non-emergency personnel, Fairlawn installed a box with a code to the lever, as well.

"What if kids got to it," Staten said. "We didn't want that to happen so we changed the system to add a code. It's a change that's worth it."

While Fairlawn cannot block Rothrock Road because it's in a lawsuit with Copley Township, it can still block Rosemont. Rosemont is not a part of the court case, Staten said.

CFCSParent September 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM
It's been well over a month and still no verdict on the court case? any idea when that will be decided?
Megan Rozsa September 13, 2012 at 01:05 PM
This is just a guess, but I'm thinking after the election: Judge Alison McCarty is up for reelection.
CFCSParent September 13, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This is not one of those issues that will make or break her re-election, at least I don't think it does. It's taking up the court's time and two community's financial resources all because someone's nose is out of joint.
Wilson Miller September 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
We were up there last month and I have to admit I ignored the sign when we took my mother to dinner at Romano's. The rest of the time we used Cleveland-Massilon road and if they want people to use that, PAVING is the first thing that comes to mind. The second thing is that road needs to be widened to handle additional traffic. And in my less than humble opinion, the south end of Rothrock still looks rural to me, especially the west side of it. Down here in Florida, if a developer saw that many trees in one place, they would be building Apartment complexes all over the site.

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