Lake Twp. zoning request partially approved
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday followed a recommendation by the township zoning commission and partially approved a request to rezone parcels along Woodville Road near the intersection of Mathews and Walbridge roads but denied another part of the request.
The application had been filed by Michelle Scaggs, who is seeking to rezone five parcels from B-1 neighborhood business to B-3 highway business.
Scaggs said on her application the B-1 zoning classification doesn’t allow for her business, Triple Star Home Improvements.
After a half-hour discussion, which included the testimony of several residents, the trustees voted unanimously to rezone two lots to R-2 residential but deny the rezoning to B-3 for the other three lots because Scaggs didn’t submit a site plan for them as required by township zoning regulations.
The Wood County Planning Commission in August also considered the request and issued a non-binding recommendation for rezoning two parcels, one with a residence, and an adjacent parcel to R-2 and to rezone the other three parcels to B-3
During the trustees’ hearing, residents living nearby said they were concerned about increased truck traffic if the B-3 classification was approved.
Bill Diekman, who owns a nearby property that he rents, said his tenants have complained about noise from the business and a Mathews Road resident said traffic volume is already making it difficult to get on Woodville Road from Mathews.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said the rezoning would go into effect in 30 days and can be challenged in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
Owners convicted of fraud
Scaggs and another owner of Triple Star owner, Frederick Diebert, were found guilty of fraud in July for failure to report payroll to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to avoid paying workers’ insurance premiums.
They were sentenced to 30 months in prison earlier this month in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
Steve Buehrer, Administrator/Chief Executive Officer of the BWC, said Scaggs and Diebert claimed their company only used subcontractors and reported they had no payroll “but that simply wasn’t the case.”
A BWC employer fraud team received an anonymous tip that Triple Star was operating with employees but reporting otherwise to the bureau. Buehrer said bank records were analyzed and the fraud team found that checks were issued to the same individuals on a weekly basis with many indicating “payroll” in the memo section. In addition, the BWC received and allowed two claims filed by injured workers of the company. Diebert and Scaggs didn’t appeal the claims.
Triple Star’s legal problems were brought up by two residents during the zoning hearing but Philip Dombey, township solicitor, said testimony had to be limited to the zoning request.
Jeff Pettit, who is running for a seat on the board of trustees in the November election, said he was against the rezoning and Diebert and Scaggs actions put “a bad mark on Lake Township.”
Plumey Rd. speed limit studied
In other business, the trustees directed Police Chief Mark Hummer to conduct a traffic survey on Plumey Road to determine if a lower speed limit is needed.
Welling said a Plumey resident called him with concerns about motorists traveling at high rates of speed along the street which is in a residential area.
The current speed limit is 55 MPH. Chief Hummer said there have been roll-over accidents on the road that has two sharp turns.