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Board reminder: No U-turns in middle of McCoy Street blocks

Village looks to do more to enforce law

The Granville Library Branch of the Putnam County Public Library District at 214 S. McCoy St. is one of the destinations for local residents in the village's business district. Drivers on McCoy Street are being reminded by the Granville Village Board that it is illegal to make a U-turn in the middle of the block in order to park in the diagonal spaces on the other side of the street.
The Granville Library Branch of the Putnam County Public Library District at 214 S. McCoy St. is one of the destinations for local residents in the village's business district. Drivers on McCoy Street are being reminded by the Granville Village Board that it is illegal to make a U-turn in the middle of the block in order to park in the diagonal spaces on the other side of the street.

GRANVILLE — The village of Granville advises residents and visitors that in its business district (McCoy Street), there are posted “No U-turn” signs as well as double yellow lines indicating it is illegal to do U-turns in the middle of the block.

Motorists are allowed to do U-turns at the intersections but not the middle of the block for parking.

“This is notice to the public that crossing the center lines to park on the opposite side of the street is a violation of state statute. Violators will be ticketed,” a press release from the village indicated.

Granville Village Board members recently discussed confusion among residents about the rules, as well as complete disregard of the traffic rules by many drivers.

During the meeting, board member Jeff Greathouse said a police officer had told a motorist no U-turn was allowed in a location where it was allowed.

He said the village should make a clear statement, and police should start writing tickets for offenders.

Census update

Granville village officials are emphasizing the importance of residents participating in the U.S. Census.

Information gathered in the Census can help determine what the village receives in terms of funding and grants. Village trustee Jim Pettit noted the losses in population Illinois has been having, and how that can affect the power of the state in the U.S. legislative system.

“It looks like we’re going to lose one or two congressmen,” Pettit said.

Electronics recycling

Granville has an opportunity to host an electronics recycling event at no cost — if volunteers from the village and surrounding communities will help run the event.

The village board learned that a recycling company can drop off pallets, and if volunteers collect the items and shrink wrap the pallets, the company will load a semi and take it away.

If people drop off enough to fill a truck, the village would not receive a bill.

Village Trustee Shelby Osborne said she would be willing to orchestrate the event if there is enough help from volunteers from Granville and surrounding communities.

Village trustees noted how Lance Korter used to run a recycling event in Cedar Point, with Mark, Granville and Standard pitching in.

The village secretary and treasurer said she expects to receive more details in the months to come.

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