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The Lake Township trustees Tuesday agreed to a request by the Village of Millbury to jointly seek grant funding  to help pay for a bike trail linking parks in their jurisdictions.

Millbury Mayor Michael Timmons asked the trustees to join the village in an application for funding the trail. He said the village could apply through the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in April 2014.

“A joint project is the way to go,” he said, referring to the trend in grant funding to reward jurisdictions that combine their efforts.

The trustees agreed to his request.

Under the village proposal, the trail would connect the village’s Passive Park to Veteran’s Memorial  Park along Fostoria Road and continue to Fireside Park in the township on Ayers Road. From there, it would link to Friendship Park adjacent to the township administration building at the corner of Cummings Road and State Route 795.

The stretch along Ayers Road may remain a signed bike route as it is now without an actual bike lane, the mayor said.

He said a representative of Poggemeyer Design Group will be invited to meet with him and village council to discuss preliminary work on the design of the trail and grant applications.

Grants that include 70/30 and 60/40 funding ratios may be available, according to the mayor.

In other business, the trustees approved a three-year contract to provide police service for the village for $68,000 a year, an increase of about 3.4 percent from the contract that has expired.

The new agreement will go into effect retro-actively to Jan. 1.

Millbury voters last year approved a new property tax levy to generate revenues for the service. A levy originally approved more than 20 years ago hasn’t been generating sufficient tax revenues to cover the cost of the service, the mayor said.

After meeting in executive session, the trustees also agreed to give pay raises to fire department personnel.

Acting chief Mike Hornyak was given a $2 per hour pay increase to $18.40 an hour. He became acting chief in February when former chief Todd Walters resigned.

A 4 percent increase in the hourly compensation for firefighters was also approved, effective March 16. Firefighters will also receive two points credit for each of the first two hours for calls involving structure fires only.

With the 4 percent increase, a probationary firefighter will receive the equivalent of about $7.90 an hour, Bowen said.

She said the increase is “in line” with pay raises other township employees received.

Mark Hummer, township police chief and administrator, received a $100 per month increase in his administrator’s salary to $1,100 a month.  His annual salary as police chief is $68,764.