The Press Newspaper
Resolutions to place two road improvement levies on the November ballot were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.
The trustees are asking voters to approve a 1-mill, 5-year replacement levy and an additional 1-mill continuous levy for funding reconstruction of streets, roads, and bridges in the township road district, which covers only unincorporated areas of the township.
Both levies, if approved, will be assessed on the township’s current property valuation of about $169.1 million and each will generate approximately $169,143 annually for the road repair program.
The 5-year levy would replace an existing levy set to expire at the end of the year that generates only about $114,670 annually because it is based on 1986 property valuations.
Rising costs for repairs and resurfacing roads have strained the township’s budget, forcing the trustees to supplement that account with general fund revenues.
Last year, it cost the township about $60,000 a mile to repair roads, according to Melanie Bowen, a trustee.
In recent years, the township has only been able to repair about 1.5 miles annually – about half of what the repair program covered 10 years or so ago.
In other business, the trustees authorized Police Chief Mark Hummer to continue discussions with the owners of a 9.2-acre parcel of land that is adjacent to a township-owned parcel on Lemoyne Road where temporary quarters for the township’s administration building and the police department have been set up.
Chief Hummer said the owners, James and Beverly Jacobs, have indicated they’re interested in selling the land and the trustees have authorized a limit to what they’re willing to spend for the property.
The township purchased its Lemoyne Road property from the state last year. It had been the site of the Wood County post of the Ohio Highway Patrol before a new post opened near Bowling Green.
Since a June 5 tornado destroyed the township administration on Cummings Road, the police department and emergency dispatchers have been operating from the former patrol post and the trustees and other administrative offices haven been working from two trailers placed next to the post.