Written by Larry Limpf
June 20, 2008
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday approved personnel changes for the police and fire departments.
On the recommendation of Chief Mark Hummer, the trustees approved the promotion of Adam Lorenzen to full-time status on the police department.
His promotion goes into effect July 7.
Officer Lorenzen began with the department as an auxiliary officer before being promoted to part-time status.
He replaces Mike Lutton, who retired recently. Officer Lorenzen will be on probationary status for one year.
The trustees also approved the purchase of three Tasers for the police department. Chief Hummer said the department had been using Tasers donated by the Toledo Police Department. The new Tasers cost $2,944 but the Lake Township Police Officers Association donated $944 to offset part of the cost.
The Tasers, Chief Hummer said, often prevent violence without even being used.
“Their mere presence has kept us out of hand-to-hand combat with people,” he said. “Which is the quickest way for one of our officers to get hurt.”
The trustees also approved the purchase of four portable radios for the police department to replace four that are being taken out of service.
The cost is $3,645.
Chief Hummer said some of the radios in use now are more than 20 years old.
A request by Fire Chief Eric Larson to remove two men from the roll of the volunteer township fire department was also approved by the trustees.
Chief Larson said Michael Hupenbecker and Richard Rikard haven’t met minimum training requirements.
The chief said he didn’t like to make such request because “…volunteers are hard to come by” but he did so after consulting with the department’s officers and after both men had been given 90 additional days to meet the requirements.
In other action, the trustees agreed to not accept an offer from a property owner to donate about half an acre near the intersection of State Route 51 and Lakepointe Drive to the township.
After a brief discussion, the trustees approved a motion to send a letter to the owner, notifying him of their decision.
The trustees doubted if the township would have use for the property and decided maintenance of the property would not be worth taking ownership.
A hearing to decide a request to rezone a 5-acre parcel on Walbridge Road has been rescheduled for July 15 at 7 p.m.
The trustees had planned to hold the hearing last Tuesday but had to cancel the hearing because advertisements weren’t placed in time to meet public notification requirements.
The property owner, John Mather, seeks to change the zoning of the property at 5104 Walbridge Road from B-1 neighborhood business to B-2, which will allow for more commercial type businesses.
Mr. Mather informed the township zoning commission at a meeting last month the property, if the zoning is changed, would be used as an auction facility as well as a residence.
The zoning commission and Wood County Planning Commission both issued non-binding recommendations the application be denied.