After a 30-minute executive session Tuesday, the Lake Township trustees approved a motion to back out of an agreement to purchase acreage near the corner of Walbridge and Lemoyne roads they had hoped could be used to expand the township cemetery.
The trustees agreed to send a letter to the property owners to end the deal and seek a refund of a $10,000 down payment.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said “perpetual easements” on the property would essentially prevent the township from expanding the cemetery to the site.
A survey which revealed the easements on the parcels was included as part of the sales contract, he said.
Because of the easements “we would have trouble getting financing from the banks,” he said after the meeting.
In September, the board of trustees authorized the township solicitor to negotiate with Lennex Realty Co., which is marketing the parcels at the southeast corner of Lemoyne and Walbridge.
According to the Wood County auditor’s Web site, the owner is Andrew Adler.
The Lennex Web site lists the price for the entire 158.2-acre parcel as $4.6 million, or $29,073 an acre. The northern half of the parcel is priced at $3.1 million, or $39,186 an acre, and the southern half is listed at $1.5 million, or $18,961 an acre.
The trustees also expressed an interest in a parcel adjacent to the cemetery at the northeast corner of Lemoyne and Walbridge.
That parcel is also owned by Mr. Adler.
But that area is prone to flooding and could be considered a wetland, Mr. Welling said, making it unsuitable for development as a cemetery.
Melanie Bowen, a trustee, in September said the township cemetery has been averaging 20-25 burials a month. At that rate the cemetery would be full in about 10 years.
She said the township would like to extend the life of the cemetery by another 50 years.
Fire department meeting
Ms. Bowen and trustee Ron Sims will attend the Feb. 24 organizational meeting of the township’s volunteer fire department, they announced last week.
The meeting will start at 7 p.m.
The trustees said they wanted to meet with department personnel as a group to hear their comments.
The department is beginning the year with a new chief after Eric Larson resigned to accept a position with the Wood County Hospital.
Todd Walters, the department’s deputy chief, was appointed to replace him.
With Ms. Bowen and Mr. Sims attending, and representing a quorum of the board of trustees, the meeting is considered open to the public, according to state law.