The City hasn’t had a chance yet to offer twitter nor do we have a public notification service like the schools use to let parents know about snow days (but we are working hard to find an inexpensive, preferably free, way to offer that kind of service) so until then I’ll do my best to post notices about service troubles on the Kent360 site. Often, like the water service interruption planned for Valleyview Street between Lincoln and Morris (see below), the notice won’t apply to everyone in the City but I figure if I can regularly post these types of notices people will get in the habit of checking Kent360 to learn more.
In addition to opening their new Crooked River canoe/kayak livery operation at Tannery Park in Downtown Kent, the Kent State University Department of Recreational Services has also announced a new Crooked River race series. This race series brings together 3 different race events using the adventure race format of biking, kayaking and running to crown a Crooked Winner for the 2010 race season. The three events have been around for a couple of years but they’ve not previously been linked together. You don’t have to race all three if you don’t want to, there will still be individual race winners, but for those die-hards that have grand ambitions there’s a new podium position to aim for.
So mark your calendars and start training now. Events like this will attract some serious racers but there’s plenty of room for weekend warriors and the happy go lucky types that just like sunny days and playing in the water.
I’ve also heard through the grapevine that the KSU Crooked River livery operations are off to a great start. Plenty of river enthusiasts have taken advantage of the new service and enjoyed an afternoon working the paddles from Kent downstream to Brust Park (4.5 miles) or Waterworks Park (6.5 miles) where they are picked up and chauffered back to their cars in Kent.
Hopefully they then re-fuel at one of our favorite downtown Kent eateries.
If you happened to notice a bunch of new television commercials reminding you to always buckle-up when you drive in Ohio or else face the consequences, it’s because from May 24 through June 6th the Ohio Department of Public Safety was in full ticket mode for seatbelt violators.
The tv commercials show non-seat belt wearers covered in pink tickets — which is probably gentler than showing what happens in car wrecks to people that aren’t buckled-up — but it’s certainly still effective. In case you’re thinking that it’s just a PR tactic that won’t be backed-up, think again.
I’ve seen a copy of the memo from the Kent Police Chief to the troops advising them of his expectations that they fully participate in the statewide enforcement initiative to increase compliance in the state’s safety belt law which according to the Ohio insurance industry runs around 65%. I looked up the Kent Police statistics and it turns out that they issue an average of 300 traffic citations a month or about 10 a day — don’t let yourself be one of them for a seatbelt violation.
If you’re not sure what the Ohio seat belt law says, let me help:
Ohio’s safety belt law was enacted in March, 1986 and revised in November, 1992. The law requires front-seat passengers of cars, vans, pickup and delivery trucks, taxicabs, commercial trucks and tractor-trailers, and buses with safety belts installed to wear them when these vehicles are driven on public roadways.
Drivers who violate the law are fined $25, while front-seat passengers are fined $15. Funds generated from the fines are partially directed to Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) programs that increase public awareness to help Ohio reach a 70% safety belt usage rate.
Exempt from compliance are children already covered by the child safety seat law; persons with medically-certified physical impairments; persons operating vehicles to deliver the mail or newspapers for home delivery; and persons in vehicles manufactured prior to 1966.
Currently, law enforcement officials are prohibited from stopping a vehicle solely to enforce Ohio’s safety belt law. Citations can only be issued as a secondary action to another suspected offense. A violation of this law does not result in the assessment of points to an individual’s driving record.
Evidence regarding the proper use of safety belts is admissible against certain parties in a claim for damages for the injury or death of the occupant of the vehicle.
The new Child Restraint law in Ohio went into effect on April 7th, 2010.
The new Child Restraint law (ORC 4511.81) in Ohio went into effect on April 7, 2010. Children less than 8 years of age, unless they have reached 4’9″ in height, are required to be in a booster seat that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. Children who are 8 – 15 years of age, or children who are younger who have reached the height requirement must be secured with a seat belt.
The official click-it or ticket campaign may be done but don’t take a chance, please use your seatbelt.
Kent Parks Director John Idone said that after meeting with local area skateboarders to review the draft skate park design (featured in a blog post on May 4th) he has what he considers the final skate park plan which he will now proceed to get in the hands of the contractor to start pouring and sculpting.
As near as I can tell not much changed from the May 4th design (maybe one of the ramps) so it shouldn’t take long to finalize the engineering specifications that go along with the final plan. John is still planning on constructing the skate park this summer in the new park off of Admore Drive (behind Don Joseph Toyota and Klaben Ford dealerships).
Lube those bearings because the wheels will have a new place in Kent to roll soon.