Buy six and they’ll throw in a nacho machine.
Looking for vehicles for his department, Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer traveled to the Michigan State University Surplus Store where he purchased six 2005 Chevy Tahoes that had been used by campus police.
He describes the SUVs as being in “immaculate condition” with between 55,000 and 65,000 miles and already equipped with light bars. New radios will be installed.
The township trustees had allocated $155,000 for new vehicles for the department but when the opportunity arose to buy the used vehicles, they agreed, Chief Hummer said.
“We had an opportunity to get some real high quality equipment and it’s equipment the officers really like,” he said, adding the department intends to get 200,000 miles of use from the vehicles.
As part of the deal, the chief also negotiated for a nacho machine for the township.
Ron Hanely, the township parks director, said the new machine may be put into use at the township’s annual chili and soup cook-off on Feb. 28 at the administration building on Cummings Road.
Proceeds from the judged cook-off will go to the Friends of Lake Township Parks.
“We plan to use it at a lot of the events and fund-raisers we have during the year,” Mr. Hanely said.
Bridge project a `go’
Advertising for contract bids for the Lemon Road bridge replacement project in Ottawa County will begin in about six weeks, David Brunkhorst, county engineer, said last week.
The county has received a no-interest loan of $176,321 from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the project, which will cover about half of the cost.
The steel truss bridge is located in Carroll Township.
Motorists in Salem and Bay townships in Ottawa County will also be seeing new stop signs at two intersections.
The county commissioners at a recent meeting authorized the county engineer to change the signs at the Paulsen/Boysen roads intersection in Bay Township and the Portage River S. Road/Muddy Creek N. Road intersection in Salem Township to indicate “all-way stops.”
Mr. Brunkhorst said there is only one stop sign at each of the “T” intersections, confusing motorists as to who has the right-of-way. Converting the intersections to 3-way stops will increase safety, he said.
Board organizes for 2009
The Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education has elected Kim Dusseau as president and Rick Bast as vice-president for 2009.
Board members will hold regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings will start at 6:30 p.m.
The board approved supplemental contracts for three positions:
• Rob Schimmoeller, head baseball coach
• Nick Lance, varsity baseball assistant coach
• Dale Mitchell, varsity baseball assistant coach
Kerry Metzger, president of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) recently appointed Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown to serve on four CCAO committees.
Commissioner Brown will continue to serve as chairman of the General Government and Operations Committee.
He has also been appointed to serve on the Special Committee for Legislative Communication, which is intended to utilize the expertise of former legislators and the highest ranking county commissioner officer from each district to communicate with current members of the General Assembly on issues of importance to CCAO and to provide strategy suggestions to CCAO board and staff.
Commissioner Brown will also serve on the Joint Committee on Administration of Elections and the County and Local Government Reform and Collaboration Task Force