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Lake Twp. - CSX wants t close crossing to traffic
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:29

The top management of CSX Corp. wants to close Walbridge Road at a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road, the Lake Township trustees were informed Tuesday.

Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, told the trustees there have been several near hits between vehicles and trains at the crossing and the company’s chief executive officer wants to proceed with having the road closed to traffic.

One of the near hits occurred while a representative of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio was on the site, Gilsdorf told the trustees, adding the company’s plans have the tentative backing of the commission.

“We do hold the deed to the land around that area,” he said.

One option would be for CSX to vacate part of the road, Gilsdorf said, and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners. If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that were controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard.

For the township’s emergency vehicles to have access to the crossing, a special phone line would be installed, linking township authorities to the yardmaster at the Walbridge Yard who could open the gates by remote control.

 
Jerusalem Twp. - New refuse contract to save township $40,000
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:53

Jerusalem Township Trustees recently approved a refuse collection contract with Fondessy Enterprises Inc., a cost cutting move that will save the township tens of thousands of dollars per year.

The township’s previous contract was with Waste Management. When it came time to renew the contract, costs were just too steep, said Trustee Joe Kiss.

“We were paying almost $4,000 per month more than we needed to on garbage,” said Kiss.

The township had been paying Waste Management approximately $9,300 per month for garbage pickup services, he said. “We’ve been with Waste Management for over eight years. Trustees decided to look at the refuse contract and we thought it was very high. We were being charged so much per household, and we have 1,300 households in the township.”

With the recession in the last couple of years negatively affecting the housing market, Kiss said he knew all 1,300 households were not using the service.

“We have about 100 or more households that are vacant,” he said.

He decided to follow the garbage trucks for two consecutive weeks to determine how many houses were getting their garbage picked up, he said.

 
School construction progresses
Written by Alyce Fielding   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 15:01
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From the air it looks like a replay of the June 5 tornado that swept through Ottawa and Wood counties, but construction of a new elementary school building in the Genoa district is on schedule, reports Dennis Mock, school superintendent.

The building is being constructed at the middle school/high school campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road and will house kindergarten through the fifth grade.

Voters in 2008 approved a 1.9-mill bond issue to fund the local share of construction costs. The Ohio School Facilities Commission is providing the balance.

 

 
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