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City Manager

06/21/16

ORDINANCE NO. 16-O-62


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PART THREE, TITLE ONE, CHAPTER 305, OF THE
CODIFIED ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MENTOR, 2006, AS AMENDED,
THE SAME RELATING TO TRAFFIC CODE, ADMINISTRATION, TRAFFIC CONTROL,
AND ADOPTING A NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM,
AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, the City Manager has recommended changes to the Mentor Code of
Ordinances relative to Traffic Control.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
MENTOR, COUNTY OF LAKE, STATE OF OHIO:
SECTION 1. That Part Three, Title One, Section 305.01 of the Codified Ordinances of
the City of Mentor, 2006 as amended, be and the same is hereby amended to read in such a way
that existing language to be removed is shown as stricken, newly added language is shown as
bold and language to remain retains the existing font and format:
301.01 MEANING OF WORDS AND PHRASES.
301.46 TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE.
Traffic control device means a flagger, sign, signal, marking, or other device
used to regulate, warn or guide traffic, placed on, over, or adjacent to a street, highway,
private road open to public travel, pedestrian facility, or shared-use path by authority of a
public agency or official having jurisdiction, or, in the case of a private road open to
public travel, by authority of the private owner or private official having jurisdiction.
(ORC 4511.01(QQ))
301.461 TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICE
Traffic Calming Device is one or more of the following described
activities or improvements installed to regulate, warn or guide traffic placed on,
over, or adjacent to a street, highway, private road open to public travel,
pedestrian facility, or shared-use path by authority of a public agency or official
having jurisdiction, or, in the case of a private road open to public travel, by
authority of the private owner or private official having jurisdiction.
(a) Driver Feedback Sign is an electric sign with accompanying radar that
displays the speed of the approaching vehicle. At a predetermined
speed, the display will indicate slow now or another appropriate
message indicating that the approaching motorist should reduce speed.

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06/21/16
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(b) Prohibitive Signage prohibits certain activities and vehicles on the


roadway, such as one-way signs, turn restrictions, and truck prohibition
signs. Their installation results in the elimination of certain traffic
movements while maintaining emergency vehicle access. This does not
include the installation of stop signs.
(c) Lane Narrowing through Painting and Pavement Markings narrows
existing roadway travel lanes using paint for centerlines, edge lines,
hashed islands, or extending curbs.
(d) Speed Hump are gradual changes in the roadway surface that have
little effect on drivers traveling the speed limit, but produce discomfort
to the passengers at excessive speeds. They range in length from 10 to
20 feet, and are generally 3 to 4 inches in height. The profile of a speed
hump tends to be circular or parabolic, and they are generally tapered
at each end to allow for road drainage.
(e) Speed Lumps is a variation of a speed hump, it incorporates grooved
channels to accommodate the wheel base of emergency response
vehicles. Speed lumps may be constructed permanently of asphalt in a
similar manner to speed humps.
(f) Center Island Narrowing is a technique by which a raised island is
created in the center of the roadway narrowing the travel lanes. Center
islands are often landscaped to provide a visual upgrade to the
neighborhood.
(g) Chokers are curb extensions at midblock locations that narrow a
street by widening the sidewalk or creating planting strip. If marked as
crosswalks, they are also known as safe crossings. Two-lane chokers
leave the street cross section with two lanes that are narrower than the
normal cross section. One-lane chokers narrow the width to allow travel
in only one direction at a time, operating similarly to one-lane bridges.
(h) Traffic Circles are raised islands placed within an intersection
designed to provide one way circular flow through the intersection.
301.47 TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL.
"Traffic control signal" means any highway traffic signal by which traffic is
alternately directed to stop and permitted to proceed.
(ORC 4511.01(RR))

SECTION 2. That Part Three, Title One, Section 305.02 of the Codified Ordinances of
the City of Mentor, 2006 as amended, be and the same is hereby amended to read in such a way
that existing language to be removed is shown as stricken, newly added language is shown as
bold and language to remain retains the existing font and format:

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06/21/16
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305.02 DUTY TO PLACE TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNS OR SIGNALS.


It shall be the duty of the City Manager to place and maintain a stop sign at each and
every street intersecting a through street or that portion thereof described and
designated as such under the authority of this Code.
The City Manager shall erect and maintain traffic control devices and/or traffic
calming devices when and as required by this Code and may erect and maintain such
additional traffic control devices and/or traffic calming devices as the City Manager
deems necessary to regulate, guide or warn traffic consist with the provisions of this
Code.
All traffic control devices shall be erected and maintained in conformity with the Ohio
Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, as adopted pursuant to Ohio R.C. 4511.09.
All traffic calming devices shall be erected and maintained in conformity with the
Neighborhood Traffic Calming Policy adopted by Mentor City Council on June 21,
2016 by Ordinance No. 16-O-62. (1969 Code 78.02)

SECTION 3. That the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program policy referenced within
and attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit A shall hereby be adopted.
SECTION 4. That it is found and determined that all formal actions of this Council
concerning and relating to the adoption of this Ordinance were adopted in an open meeting of
this Council and that, except as otherwise provided by Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code,
all deliberations of this Council and of any of its committees that resulted in such formal action
were in meetings open to the public in compliance with all legal requirements.
SECTION 5. That this ordinance is hereby declared to be an emergency measure
necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, welfare and safety of the inhabitants of
this City and for the further reason so as to facilitate administration and daily operations,
WHEREFORE, this ordinance shall take effect and be in force from and immediately upon its
passage.
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President of Council
PASSED:__________________________________
ATTEST: _________________________________
Acting Clerk of Council