The long, twisty path followed by Woodsfield’s Davey Crawford pole has finally seen the pole meander back to its original spot, or at least a few feet from its original spot. During the Sept. 2 Woodsfield Village Council meeting, members of council voted to move the pole, which had been removed from its original location in the center of the square in the middle of the night years ago, to the South island of the square.
The Davey Crawford pole had recently been refurbished at no cost to the village [a savings of $5,000-$6,000] by Pioneer Pipe of Marietta. Throughout the process, Councilwoman Carol Hehr had plans to install the pole in the South island once it was finished. Measurements by Village Administrator Rick Schuerman indicated there would be plenty of space for the pole to be installed in the island. However, during the July 7 council meeting, Hehr’s motion to place the pole in the island failed after some council members expressed concerns over it fitting in its location as well as whether or not it would be a traffic hazard.
Flash forward to Sept. 2, and Hehr presented her fellow council members with correspondence between her and Ohio Department of Transportation engineer Eric Davis. Davis expressed that he was not concerned with the light dimensions as long as the base was four feet from the face of the curb, which was confirmed by measurements. Davis also said an expensive break-a-way base was not needed at the location.
After giving members of council the time to look at the correspondence, Hehr made a motion to place the Davey Crawford pole in the South island of the square. The motion was seconded by Councilman Bill Moore. During discussion Councilman Matt Vinskovich asked that a condition be added that if the pole is hit, council would consider a new location for it. The motion passed with Hehr, Vinskovich, Moore and Councilman Mike Cox voting “yes.” Councilman Dale English voted “no,” and Councilman Rick Shipp abstained.