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VP route puzzling, chief says
After the vice president’s stop at the Toledo Jeep Wrangler assembly plant, his motorcade took him to a fundraising event for Gov. Ted Strickland’s re-election campaign at the Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.
Lake Township Police Chief said he and other Wood County officers, including Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, who were providing security for the vice president, agreed the preferred route they suggested for the motorcade was I-280 to State Route 795 to Perrysburg.
Instead the motorcade took I-280 to the Ohio Turnpike to I-75, then to Buck and Bates roads before eventually getting on Route 795 into Perrysburg.
“It was as if they didn’t want to drive by what’s left of Lake High School on State Route 795,” the chief said, alluding to the school damaged by a June 5 tornado, which also destroyed the Lake Township administration building. “They were within a stone’s throw of the damaged high school. It was a slap in the face of the residents of Lake Township. I’m glad he was here for the Jeep recognition but they were so close it would have been nice they could have taken five minutes to talk with school officials.”
Sheriff Wasylyshyn said he specifically recommended the Secret Service use the turnpike gate, which would have taken them directly to Belmont and avoided I-75, but was turned down.
“Using 795 would have been much more direct and saved several miles in the motorcade route,” he said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the state’s application for relief aid for three counties that suffered damage from the tornado.
Chief Hummer said his department incurred about $1,000 in overtime costs for its share of providing security for the vice president’s trip to Perrysburg.
That’s about the starting cost for a ticket to the fundraiser at Belmont.
The regular September meeting has been rescheduled for Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. It is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Middle School
Closure times will be 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Ottawa County engineer’s office said.
Emergency vehicles and school buses only will be allowed on the roads during the restricted times.