Written by Larry Limpf
December 23, 2013
A grant awarded to Wood County to help pay for the resurfacing of a stretch of East Broadway was welcomed by Lake Township officials, who say the project is sorely needed.
The county commissioners recently approved an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant of $325,000 to partially pay for the project, said Andrew Kalmar, county administrator.
The funds will be used to pay for milling and resurfacing East Broadway, between State Route 795 and the Northwood corporation limits, a distance of about 2.67 miles.
Tim Murphy, roads project manager for the county engineer’s office, said the estimated cost of the project is $742,695. He said contract bids may be awarded by March or April 2014 and work could be completed by the July 4 weekend.
The road is about 22 feet wide and the project will include some berm work, he said.
“We welcome that news. That road desperately needs to be paved,” said Richard Welling, a township trustee. He said some sections of East Broadway are in “pretty bad shape” due to being dug up by utility companies replacing underground gas lines and then patched.
Welling said he wasn’t aware the county was seeking the grant. Although that section of East Broadway is in the township, the county has jurisdiction over it for maintenance purposes.
The commissioners also approved a payment of $48,827 to Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., for 2013 bridge inspections.
Murphy said the engineer’s office divides the county into quadrants for inspections. Mannik & Smith was assigned the northern quadrant and personnel in the engineer’s office are responsible for inspections in the other quadrants.
Welling said the trustees have sent a list of three township bridges to the engineer’s office that they consider priorities for improvements.
Republic Services will begin providing waste collection service to the township in 2014 when a new contract goes into effect.
The cost for both trash and recycling collection next year will be $12.93 a month. Residents will receive a quarterly bill from Republic next month that covers January through March.
Trash collection begins Jan. 6.
Dave Vossmer, Republic general manager, said the company will deliver new collection carts to households within the next two months. Until then, residents should use the carts they’re currently using.
Residents with special requests or rental carts should call the company’s customer service department before Dec. 31. The phone number is 1-800-234-3429.