With concerns about the dangers of jagged pieces of cast iron hitting pedestrians, Archbold Village Council discussed an alternative to the bell-shaped bollards at the Monday night, March 15 meeting.
There have been four accidents involving trucks striking the bollards since the beginning of the year.
The latest was Friday, March 5, when the bollard at the southwest corner of North Defiance and Stryker streets was struck by a semi.
The impact broke the top off the bell bollard, leaving steel reinforcing rod and sharp, jagged cast iron edges exposed.
The cast-iron bollards have been filled with concrete almost to the top, making them more stable and harder to move when hit.
But the tops, not being filled, are vulnerable to being shattered when a heavy truck runs over them.
Councilmen are concerned that the shattered cast-iron pieces pose a very real danger to people on the sidewalks close to the bollards.
With warmer weather on the way, there will be more foot traffic downtown and more people in the area to get hurt if another bollard shatters.
Bob Seaman, village engineer, proposed removing the bell-shaped bollards and replacing them with six- or eight-inch diameter steel pipe.
The pipe would be set into the ground, with three feet above ground.
The pipe would be filled with concrete.
Kevin Morton, councilman, said the posts should be painted black in keeping with the theme of the black light poles and lighted bollards. Other councilmen agreed With Morton’s suggestion.
The pole bollards, being taller, would be almost impossible for a truck to run over, Seaman said. This would end the problem of shattered cast-iron striking a pedestrian on the sidewalk or in the street.
No final decision about the bollars has been made.
No cost for the project was estimated.–Michelle Pugh