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Is John St. Situation Finally Resolved?
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:33 PM

A Conciliation Agreement was recently reached between Paul A. Howell and the Village of Woodsfield in regards to a long-standing issue with John St., a dead-end street off of Hancock St. in Woodsfield. The agreement came after a discrimination complaint was filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission against the village by Howell. After the filing, the OCRC was able to negotiate the agreement to keep the issue from escalating.

The debate on John St. goes clear back to 2003 when Paul and Deborah Howell (who live in one of the homes bordering the street) contacted council about establishing the street which was on the books but had never been maintained. At the time, the situation was never resolved. Flash forward to 2011/12 and the Howells once again broached the topic with a new council.

The issue seemed resolved initially on January 3, 2012 when the third reading of Ordinance 1137-2011 passed to reduce the street’s official width from 40 ft. to 16 ft., giving neighboring property owners an additional 12 ft. each on their property. However, the Howells were back to council on March 19 and again on April 16 because the street had not been installed and the neighboring property owner still had lawn ornaments blocking its entrance. 


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