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Evidence collected from a recent fire at a Millbury Road residence will likely be presented to the Wood County Grand Jury, according to Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer.

Firefighters and police responded about 12:30 a.m. on June 13 to a report of a fire at a residence at 29693 Millbury Road.

Police officers arrived first and were able to contain a small blaze at the house with fire extinguishers and firefighters put out brush fires on the property, said Fire Chief Bruce Moritz.

The house wasn’t occupied at the time of the fire, Moritz said, but he described the blaze as being of suspicious origin.

The Ohio Fire Marshal’s office was contacted after township personnel found evidence leading to a possible arson, the chief said, adding the investigation was concluded in about 20 hours after authorities secured a search warrant.

In his report to the township trustees Tuesday, Chief Moritz praised the cooperation between the township fire and police departments as well as the Fire Marshal and fire departments from the City of Northwood and Allen-Clay Joint Fire District that assisted at the scene under mutual assistance agreements.

According to the Wood County Auditor’s website, the property was sold June 21, 2016 for $154,000.

In other business, Tuesday, the trustees approved the hiring of Jason Algarin as a part-time police officer, starting July 4.

His starting pay will be $18.69 per hour.

Officer Algarin is an officer with the Walbridge Police Department and is the third Walbridge officer to be hired by the township in the past two months.

Matthew Simon and Rachel Caputo were hired in April from Walbridge as full-time and part-time officers respectively.

With Algarin’s hiring, the township will have four part-time officers, Chief Hummer said.

He said he’s been wanting to bolster the department’s roster of part-time officers to help control costs.

At the request of Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, the township, City of Northwood, and Wood County Sheriff’s Department recently submitted proposals for providing police service to the village but village officials have so far declined to contract with any of those agencies.

Mayor Kolanko has said the village benefits from its own police presence but he plans to find ways to reduce the village department’s budget.

All three of the proposals were lower than the village’s police budget for 2015, which was about $402,000, according to the mayor.

Grant application
The township trustees, Tuesday, approved a resolution to apply for grants from the Wood County Parks District.

For the category of grants $5,000 and under, the township is applying for funding for two message centers for Moline Meadows Park and a planned dog park along Lemoyne Road and three solar post lights for Moline Meadows. For the $5,000 and over category, the township will apply for funding for benches, waste pick-up stations and garbage cans. For the $10,000 and over category, the township will seek funds for dog park fencing. The township would provide $2,000 for the fencing and the grant would cover $12,500.



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