The Press Newspaper
The formation of a Special Weapons and Tactics team to service northern Wood County is proceeding.
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to reimburse Perrysburg Township $5,580 for the bulk purchase of vests and helmets for the team, which will include police officers from Lake and Perrysburg townships, City of Northwood, Village of Walbridge, Owens Community College, and CSX Rail Co.
The township’s cost for the equipment will come from the police department’s drug law enforcement fund.
Mark Hummer, township police chief, said a SWAT team that includes officers from departments in the northern part of Wood County would cut response times from how a county-wide team was organized, drawing on equipment and personnel based at the Wood County Sheriff’s Department in Bowling Green.
The Perrysburg Township Fire Department has donated a de-commissioned ambulance to the team.
The City of Rossford has also been invited to have police officers on the team, Hummer said, adding the team may be used for special patrols.
In other business, Lake Township trustees opted to postpone the purchase of two grass trimmers requested by Gary Schulte, the township cemetery sexton.
The total cost - $528 – wasn’t appropriated in the cemetery budget, which draws revenues from the sales of grave lots and fees for opening graves.
The cemetery fund is “not in real great shape,” said Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees. She noted the township doesn’t have a property tax levy to financially support the cemetery and the trustees haven’t hired any seasonal help this year for the cemetery to contain costs.
Lot sales have fallen as more people decide to be cremated, she said.
Vicki Schwamberger, township fiscal officer, said the cemetery’s budget for 2012 is approximately $160,000 and wages and benefits alone could surpass $145,000, leaving little revenue for other operational expenses such as fuel.