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The Lake Township trustees have added a fourth property to a list of abandoned structures the township wants remediated or demolished.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution asking for an inspection by the Wood County Health Department and county building inspector of a property at 28562 Lemoyne Rd.

The resolution asks the county to document “the conditions substantiating that the building or structure is in insecure, or structurally defective and/or in a condition dangerous to life or health, or unfit for human habitation.”

Richard Welling, a trustee, said a barn on the property is “ready to collapse” and the basement of the home is flooded. The property has been abandoned for several years, he said.

The trustees recently approved a similar resolution for property at 29577 East Broadway and two adjacent properties at 30854 and 30848 Drouillard.

In February, they received an opinion from the Wood County prosecutor’s office that the Ohio Revised Code allows townships to use county building inspection departments to declare a building “insecure, unsafe, or structurally defective” and then order it be secured, repaired or removed after providing notice and allowing the owner to have a hearing.

In other business Tuesday, the trustees approved seeking contract bids for resurfacing four streets:
• Taylor Avenue, from East Broadway to the end of the road.
• Neill Avenue, from East Broadway to the end of the road.
• Arn Street, from Moline-Martin Road south 865 feet.
• Schriber Street, from Moline-Martin Road south to Neill Avenue.
A resolution to enter into an agreement with the Wood County Commissioners for work on township roads was also approved.
The annual agreement covers equipment rental, material and labor costs. The estimated cost is $10,000.
The trustees went into executive session for 55 minutes to discuss personnel issues in the fire department but didn’t take any action.

 

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