At the request of the Wood County engineer’s office, the Lake Township trustees have approved a list of three bridges to be considered for replacement.
Two of the bridges are on Lemoyne Road at Cedar and Dry creeks and the third is on Luckey Road at Henry Ditch, according to a resolution the trustees approved Tuesday.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said all three were constructed through the Works Progress Administration when Franklin Roosevelt was president.
He described them as well-built spans but not meant to handle the heavy trucks of today.
Dan McLargin, township road supervisor, compiled the list, he said.
The county engineer’s office is working on a list of bridge projects that it will prioritize, said James Carter, who chairs the board of county commissioners.
The commissioners plan to meet June 11 to discuss how the county’s allocation of revenues from casinos will be used. Last August, the commissioners opted to spend the first quarterly allocation of the revenues – about $110,000 – for bridge and road repairs.
Earlier this year, the county received $468,092 from the Ohio Public Works Commission to assist with two bridge replacement projects – one on Stearns Road at the intersection of Pursell Road in Perry Township and another on Pemberville Road over Toussaint Creek in Troy Township.
In other business Tuesday, the trustees agreed to begin formulating a policy for enforcing problems with tall grass on private property.
Dave Miesmer, zoning inspector, informed the trustees tall grass issues in townships are covered by a separate section of the Ohio Revised Code than noxious weeds.
The trustees also plan to discuss finding a replacement for Tom Hays, township solicitor, who has moved.
Í don’t know that we need one sitting here every meeting,” said Melanie Bowen, chairman of the board of trustees. ”But we do need legal advice.”
Town hall meeting
The county commissioners held a town hall-style meeting Tuesday at the Lake Township administration building, offering residents a chance to voice their concerns or ask questions.
The closing of the Anderson’s store at the Woodville Mall as well as the mall’s deteriorating condition and that of the former Steve & Barry’s building site nearby is having a detrimental effect on other businesses in the area.
Larry Sigler, whose wife owns the New 2 You re-sale store on Woodville Road, said the business has lost about $3,000 since the Anderson’s closed earlier this year.
Without re-development of the abandoned sites, Sigler said he and his wife would probably close their store.
Three residents of Millbury complained about a property on Maple Street that has become blighted. Mobile homes sit on the property but appear to be abandoned.