The Lake Township trustees, acting at the request of some Fostoria Road residents, have approved a resolution asking for a traffic speed study – the first step in the process for getting the speed limit lowered to 35 mph from 55.
The board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved the resolution, which will be forwarded to the Wood County engineer’s office and then to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which would actually conduct the study.
The resolution notes the west side of Fostoria Road is now largely residential and “… no longer conducive to the definition of a rural area mandating a 55 miles per hour speed limit.”
Only the section of Fostoria between Woodville Road and State Route 570 would be covered by the study, according to the resolution.
The trustees also plan to seek contract bids for resurfacing four roads this summer:
• Lakehurst Drive
• Latcha Road, from East Broadway to Tracy Road
• Ayers Road, from East Broadway to Luckey Road
• Isch Road, from East Broadway to Luckey Road
Bids will be opened July 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Plans to resurface all of the roadways, however, may have to be modified because of rising costs.
Voters last year replaced a five-year levy expected to generate about $169,143 annually for the road department fund – about $54,473 more than if the levy had been renewed based on property valuations in 1986 when it was first approved.
Even with the additional revenue, the trustees are expecting related costs to climb this year and force them to prioritize projects this summer.
A report given Tuesday by Dan McLargin, roads supervisor, shows the department’s budget was strained by the winter season because of heavy snowfalls.
McLargin reported a total of 850 hours during the winter was spent clearing roads. Four snowplows covered 12,516 miles of roads and expended 3,702 gallons of diesel fuel at an average cost of $3.50 a gallon.
About 800 tons of road salt, costing $55.75 a ton, was used.
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.
Just to resurface a road by applying a base coat and top coat of asphalt totaling three inches costs about $13,000 a mile, McLargin said.
To compensate for a shortfall in the roads budget, the trustees have had to tap the general fund.
In other business Tuesday, the trustees:
• Approved holding their first meeting in the new township administration building on Cummings Road on June 7 at 5:30 p.m.
• Agreed to forward a request from Lake Towne Senior Village to have a street light installed on Drouillard Road at the village entrance to Toledo Edison.