County roundup: Village of Hiram will install speed cameras, plus news from Windham, Freedom, Garrettsville and Mantua

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Village of Hiram

The Village of Hiram is considering installing traffic cameras for speeding vehicles. The chief of the Hiram Police Department is looking to other communities that have these cameras to see how they are working.

“Basically, it’s a safety thing,” Mayor Lou Bertrand said. “We have some people coming through town driving way too fast. I was out walking recently on State Route 305 and State Route 82, and these vehicles are coming through town, and they’re going way over the 35-miles-per-hour speed limit (25 mph in the Hiram College vicinity). Some of these vehicles are tractor-trailer trucks that are 65,000 pounds. It’s worse now than it’s ever been.

“If someone is speeding – we have to determine how much over the speed limit that would be — the camera will take a picture of the speeding vehicle and license plate. It would be a civil penalty and a civil fine. The cameras would have to be operated by a police officer.”

Trick or Treat will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. Afterward, there will be the annual reception and party for the children at the Hiram Village Fire Department at 11617 state Route 700, with all kinds of free treats, including hot dogs, hamburgers and apple cider. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costumes.

Dave Dreimiller recently opened PCI Colorbar, a graphics design business, in the Hiram Christian Church’s education building at 6868 Wakefield Rd.

“Dave is quite skilled,” Bertrand said. “He has photographed all of our Fourth of July and Memorial Day activities, big events in our community, in recent years.”

Windham Township

The old stone bridge on Gotham Road that was built in 1865 was starting to fail, so Windham Township closed the road. The bridge was repaired by an Amish crew at a cost of $38,000, which came from some of the township’s American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“They took out the stone that was crumbling and getting washed out,” township Chair Rich Gano said. “They put special-cut new stone in to replace the old stone.”
The road is open again.

The township is working on resolutions for re-entry of lots at the Windham Township Cemetery.

“That means if the lots have been in the system for X amount of time and no one has used them for 60 years, we post something for six months,” Gano said. “Then we can take them back over and put them back out for sale. What usually happens, I think, is 100 years ago, 80 years ago, whatever, someone passes on and they buy two lots and the husband remarries and they go with their new spouse, and we’re stuck with property we could use. It’s called a resolution to re-enter on used cemetery lots, which is in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 517.073.”

Windham Township is receiving a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation for $10,941.96 to purchase road signs that are needed throughout the township.

Jacob Sweet was recently hired as the township’s new zoning inspector. The previous zoning inspector resigned because the position conflicted with the medical portion of his retirement.

Trick or Treat will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Village of Windham

Windham Pharmacy at 9650 E. Center St. will close its doors for the final time after 19 years in business effective Wednesday, Oct. 18.


A pre-construction meeting was held regarding the Asbury Road culvert replacement. The hope is to have the project started sometime this fall. Funding for the project is through the Ohio Public Works Commission.

The ADA project/front steps at the Freedom Township Historical Society will be going out to bid soon. Funding for the project will be completed with Community Development Block Grant funds.

The flagpole at Freedom Square will be repainted and have a new light and flag installed.

Trunk or Treat will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Freedom Town Hall at 8966 state Route 700. Everyone is welcome to hand out candy and come get some great goodies!

The Freedom Township Historical Society will hold its monthly presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Freedom Community Center at 8966 state Route 700.


The second annual Harvest Festival will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 on the Buckeye Block on Main Street. The event will feature a scarecrow contest, a chili cook-off and other eats, kids activities and possibly musical entertainment.

“Last year’s Harvest Festival went well,” Mayor Rick Patrick said, “so they’re doing it again this year.”

The fifth and last of this summer’s annual Car Cruise Nights took place Sept. 16 at the Garfield Plaza. There were about 250 classic cars, and awards were presented. The event also featured a bluegrass band and pulled pork dinners, whose proceeds of more than $8,000 went to the Fallen Soldiers organization.

Said Patrick, “The place was packed.”

UH Garrettsville Family Medicine at 10724 South St. will be relocating effective Nov. 1 to UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna.

Village of Mantua

The Sisterhood of St. Joseph will host a wine and chocolate walk from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. Attendees can walk around and sample different wines and chocolates at downtown businesses. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at Bibury and Company at 4672 E. Prospect St.

This year’s final Games on the Green will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

“We’ve done badminton and cornhole,” Mantua-Shalersville Area Chamber of Commerce President Randy Ellis said. “This one will be chess. The winner will receive prize money.”

The fee is $15, which includes a free drink. To purchase tickets, you can go to Crooked River Flowers, Gifts, and More at 10676 Main St. or just show up the day of the event.

Cleveland Wrap, located at 4494 Orchard St., will have its open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Owned by Patrick and Carrie Frost, Cleveland Wrap specializes in creating custom designs for personal and commercial vehicles, boats and first responder wraps. It also makes banners, stickers, wall and floor graphics, and much more.

Mantua Township

Salvage Winery had its open house Oct. 6-7. The winery’s location is 9817 state Route 44.

Roger Gordon
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