With the Lake Township cemetery averaging 20-25 burials a month, the township trustees are looking at expanding the cemetery property on Walbridge Road.
After emerging from an executive session Tuesday, the trustees approved a motion authorizing solicitor Tom Hays to negotiate with Lennex Realty Co., which is marketing parcels at the southeast corner of Walbridge and Lemoyne roads.
The website of the Wood County auditor lists Andrew Adler as the owner of the property.
The Lennex website lists the entire 158.2 acres for sale at $29,073 an acre, or $4.6 million. The north half, which covers just over 79 acres, is listed at $39,186 an acre, or $3.1 million, and the south half is $18,961 an acre, or $1.5 million.
Melanie Bowen, chairperson of the trustees, said the township would like to purchase another 55 acres or so.
She said the trustees are also looking at a parcel owned by Mr. Adler that is adjacent to the cemetery at the northeast corner of Lemoyne and Walbridge roads.
That parcel isn’t listed for sale on the Lennex website.
“We would like to be able to extend the life of the cemetery another 50 years,” she said. “It will be nice if we can keep families together in one close area.”
The trustees estimate that with the current rate of burials the cemetery would be full in about 10 years.
According to A History of Lake Township, the township trustees purchased six acres “…more or less… for cemetery purposes” from Leger Varagne on Feb. 17, 1873. The purchase price was $750.
In other business, the trustees gave approval for Police Chief Mark Hummer to continue participating in discussions with local and Wood County officials for the proposed formation of a county-wide code red and weather warning system that alerts registered subscribers.
Chief Hummer said the proposed system would supplement the county’s emergency warning system. He said the system is formatted similar to a reverse 9-1-1 system but offers improvements, including the ability to call cell phones registered with the system.
In addition to inclement weather alerts, the system could be used to warn residents about evacuation notices, water advisories, and even missing elderly persons, he said, and can be programmed to target quadrants as small as 100 square feet.
“The system is geared to make 1,000 calls a minute,” Chief Hummer said.
County officials are estimating the purchase price is about $56,000 annually for the entire county.
Road salt purchased
The cost of road salt for the 2008-09 winter season will be about double what it was last year, the trustees were told.
The township approved a resolution to purchase 600 tons of salt from Morton Salt Division, Chicago, at $71.50 per ton.
Last year, the township paid about $35 a ton, Dan McLargin, street superintendent, said.
“We were lucky we didn’t run out,” he said. “We ran low but we didn’t run out.”