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Fairlawn Police to Cite, Fine Drivers Who Go Through Rosemont Boulevard Gates

If the judge decides in Fairlawn's favor, police will fine drivers who go around Rothrock Road barriers as well.

Fairlawn City Council is looking to approve legislation that will allow police officers to fine drivers who go around or through the gates at Rosemont Boulevard.

City Law Director Ed Riegler said police Chief Kenneth Walsh wants to add a new section to the traffic code that will allow officers to enforce the gates and, if the judge rules in Fairlawn's favor, the barriers at Rothrock Road.

"It will say that a motorist cannot drive within 25 feet of the barricades," Riegler said. "We can get the code into place now, but we cannot enforce it on Rothrock Road until the judge makes a decision."

Mayor William Roth said people have already tried to drive around the concrete barricades and gates at Rosemont Boulevard.

"People try to drive around the gates, drive through lawns and in between the trees on Rosemont," Roth said. "Rosemont is not part of the (Rothrock) litigation, so we can enforce it there now."

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Roth said the Rosemont gates are installed but are not in use yet. Roth plans to host several training sessions on the use of the gate with area emergency services before making the gates operational.

Someone who drives around the gates could be fined with one of two citations, Riegler said. One is failure to obey traffic laws and the other is driving on unpaved road. The fee is anywhere between $0 to $150. 

"We're going to see how this goes before we spend any money on installing cameras in the area," said Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten. "We haven't had a lot of problems or complaints over there, but we want to give the police department something to enforce."

Shannon January 15, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I'm new to the area but a bit confused. I can see how driving through a lawn or around a barricade is wrong. I'm very confused as to how a public street can suddenly be treated as private property (i.e. gated) when public funds still go towards the upkeep, repair and maintenance of the street. We are good enough to pay for it but not drive on it? This gate seems very odd as to the perpetual barricades that I have to drive around to get to my work and home. I don't live in the gated portion, I live just beyond in an apartment complex. For the first few months l lived here I assumed the road was really closed and took the long way to work. I decided to go exploring one day and discovered that I could have shaved 10 minutes off my commute by driving around the barricades that were in place. I've lived here almost one full year and those barricades are still in place. They aren't fooling anyone who lives in the area - I see cars drive around them every day. If the intent is to decrease traffic I would think there would be several other options than a gate. Reduce the speed limit, put in speed humps/bumps, stop signs etc. To gate a public road seems like an abuse of power and time.
Wilson Miller January 16, 2013 at 06:52 PM
As someone that only visits your area once a year, I find it amazing that first of all, the judge in this case has still not rendered a verdict. I know the Ohio elections are over and I do not know if this judge was reelected or not. I have read where Walmart has completed the purchase of the land on Rothrock and I will be interested to see if anything has happened when we are up there this spring.

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