The Lake Township trustees have agreed to waive zoning permit fees for construction projects stemming from damage caused by the June 5 tornado.
Meeting in the chambers of Walbridge Village Council Tuesday because the township administration building on Cummings Road was severely damaged, the trustees approved a motion recommended by Dave Miesmer, township zoning inspector, to temporarily waive the fees.
Miesmer noted that permits aren’t needed for projects such as repairing roofs or replacing siding and said his office would be issuing what he called “courtesy zoning certificates” to expedite larger projects.
Richard Welling, a trustee, said he’s asked the Wood County building inspection department to schedule to have an inspector in the township periodically so residents don’t have to go to Bowling Green for construction-related matters.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the township’s administration is steadily getting back to normal.
Earlier in the week, the trustees agreed to use office trailers to temporarily house the township’s administrative offices. The trailers were placed next to the police station that has moved to the former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road.
The police department began moving into the post building, which the township purchased last year, within days of the tornado.
Chief Mark Hummer said the move was nearly complete except for the emergency dispatching system, which was still operating out of the dispatching center at the Northwood Police Department.
“We’re up and running,” the chief told the trustees. “Hopefully we can get the dispatchers back under our umbrella soon.”
He credited several area law enforcement agencies for providing vehicles to his department after the tornado destroyed six township police vehicles.
The University of Akron Police Department, Copley Township, and Lucas County Sheriff’s Department have given vehicles to Lake Township, he said, and Perrysburg Township and City of Oregon, and City of Toledo loaned vehicles. The township also has an agreement with the Ohio Highway Patrol that lets the township department use four Highway Patrol vehicles for two years.
The chief said he was scheduled to meet last Wednesday with the township’s insurance provider to discuss replacing the damaged vehicles.
Fire Chief Todd Walters said the two fire stations are now being manned solely by members of the township’s fire department and not relying on volunteers from other departments who assisted in the aftermath of the tornado.
The Music in the Park summer program will resume as soon as organizers find a suitable location, Ron Hanely, who’s in charge maintaining township buildings and parks, told the trustees.
The popular program is usually held on Fridays in Friendship Park, which suffered extensive damage in the tornado.
Maureen Jacobsen, who chairs the parks and recreation committee of Walbridge Village Council, told the trustees she’d work with the township to find a location for the program until the park is able to accommodate the public.
Bowen opened the meeting asking for a moment of silence for those killed and injured in the tornado.
“They’re still in our prayers,” she said.