The Lake Township trustees Tuesday officially hired a new full-time fire chief, approving a resolution to pay Bruce Moritz $5,000 a month.
His contract, which went into effect Sept. 3, includes a one-year probationary period.
Mike Hornyak, who was the interim part-time chief, tendered his resignation to the trustees and was re-appointed deputy chief.
Chief Moritz, who had been chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, will have an office at the township’s dispatching center on Lemoyne Road.
Personnel matters in the police department were also approved by the trustees who accepted the retirement notice of Sgt. Brian Linscott, a 25-year veteran of the department, and approved a recommendation by Police Chief Mark Hummer to promote patrol officer Christopher Timm to full-time status from part-time and promote auxiliary patrol officer Lonnie Fosnight to part-time status.
In other business, the trustees agreed to resume discussion during their Sept. 17 meeting on a proposed policy to address nuisance abatement problems.
The trustees heard a first reading last month of an abatement policy – a measure intended to address complaints voiced recently by residents about noxious weeds and similar issues.
The policy adopts sections of the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to nuisance abatement and establishes a process to notify property owners and offer them time to correct the problem before taking legal action.
Melanie Bowen, chairperson of the board of trustees, called the policy a “work in progress” that will likely undergo a few changes before being formally adopted.
The policy calls for the township zoning inspector or administrator to photograph the property in question and mail a notice to the property owner.
If the problem isn’t addressed, the zoning inspector or administrator is to contact the Wood County prosecutor’s office and the township solicitor who will mail a second notice to the property owner.
The photos and other evidence will be presented to the trustees if the problem isn’t corrected after the second notice and the board will decide whether or not to start legal proceedings.
Costs incurred by the township can be placed on the tax duplicate for the property.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said the township already has policies covering junk vehicles and excessive noise.