SABINA — Village officials may pursue incorporating a stretch of Dakins Chapel Road on the town’s north edge.
Sabina Village Councilman Bill Lewis brought up the prospect at Thursday’s session of council, noting it has been mentioned before.
A strip of land on the north side of Dakins Chapel Road already is within the village limits, and the suggestion is to add the land on the south side as well.
Residents along the road, said Lewis, are very concerned about the traffic — specifically the speed of vehicles. But the town presently has no control over the speed limit there, which is 55 mph.
Lewis said it is his desire to move ahead with annexation procedures “to get that piece of road for better safety.”
The roadway currently does not need maintenance, added the councilman. Rob Dean, village administrator of Sabina, said he thinks it was chipped and sealed recently.
To further make a case for annexation, Lewis said some of the housing there along Dakins Chapel is entry-level, but he said there also are some pretty good houses, too, and the people try to keep up their properties.
“It’s a welcome addition, I consider, to Sabina,” he said.
Sabina Mayor Dean Hawk said he’d be all for the annexation if development were to occur on the land on the south side of the roadway.
The mayor offered he thinks the land along the road’s south side is pretty good property, and said some good houses could be built there.
Lewis followed up by saying that even without the construction of new houses on the south side, he doesn’t see a hindrance to incorporating it, adding the key reason to proceed would be the safety of children on the north side.
Hawk indicated he is meeting with someone next week in regard to possible development, though it would not necessarily be at the Dakins Chapel location.
Lewis said he favored the matter being placed in a committee of council for further thought. Hawk asked that he be given a couple weeks before the issue is revisited.
On a separate matter, Hawk’s mayoral report opened with news about new U.S. flag kits for the village.
“It was just four weeks ago I mentioned that Robert and Mary Caudill volunteered to take care of the American flags we fly along Howard Street and Washington Street,” said Hawk. “In this time, a number of people and organizations have donated generously to purchase new flag kits.
“We now have 15 flag kits in-house, and sufficient funds to buy 10 more as needed,” the mayor continued.
If a Sabina Flag Corps for holidays were to be formed, said Hawk, the Village has some money to buy new parade flag equipment if needed.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.