Job attraction and retention will be the focus of a business/local government summit to be hosted by the Lake Township trustees.
The summit, which is open to the public, will be held Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the township administration building.
“The board will be inviting a diverse group of Lake Township business owners, property owners, and residents to discuss job attraction and job retention in our township,” Richard Welling, a trustee said.
In addition, topics such as marketing strategies for the township, identifying regional resources and corridors poised for growth, streamlining governmental processes to assist development, and procuring grants will be up for discussion, he said, adding the summit will be “the first of many demonstrating the partnership of business and Lake Township.”
The trustees earlier this month announced what they’re calling the Jobs Initiative Project, hoping to capitalize on the township being a hub of transportation-related facilities, including rail yards, truck terminals, interstate highways, and an airport.
Welling said participants in the summit will have an opportunity to brainstorm the township’s new “mantra” of “Planes Trains Trucks = Jobs Jobs Jobs.”
Earlier this year, the trustees approved an agreement with the City of Toledo that forms a Joint Economic Development District at Metcalf airfield.
Under the agreement, the township will receive 60 percent of income taxes from any jobs created in the JEDD and the city will receive 40 percent.
The district covers about 424 acres at Metcalf, which is bounded by Drouillard, Moline-Martin, Lemoyne, and Ayers roads.
The property is owned by the city and leased to the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority.
Melanie Bowen, a trustee, said with an agreement such as the JEDD the township is “putting the pieces together” for economic development.
The trustees also plan to use the summit to introduce the township’s revamped Web site with links to local businesses.
45 mph sought for Route 51
A resolution asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to set a 45 mph limit on State Route 51 in Lake Township was approved last week by the township trustees.
At the request of the trustees, ODOT recently completed a speed zone study of Route 51 in the township and proposed reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 50 between Pemberville Road and Fostoria Road.
The proposals also include establishing a no-passing zone on Route 51 between Cason Street and Millbury Road.
The trustees had requested a 35 mph limit for the entire stretch of Route 51 in the township.
Setting a 45 mph limit would make it uniform with the route’s speed limit on the eastern portion near the border with the City of Northwood, the trustees said.
Other ODOT proposals, which the trustees accepted, include:
• Installing “Intersection Ahead” signs at the Route 51 intersections with Bradner, Walbridge, Fostoria, and Pemberville roads.
• Use pavement markings to “square up” the Fostoria Road intersection and install “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop” signs to the existing stop signs.