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The Lake Township trustees have rejected a request from CSX Transportation for the township to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic.
After holding a third public hearing Tuesday on the company’s request, the trustees unanimously approved a resolution to deny it and send a letter to Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for CSX, informing the rail company of their decision.
Gilsdorf presented the CSX request to the trustees in October.
CSX had offered the township $10,000 if the trustees agreed to permanently close Walbridge Road at the crossing, which is located between East Broadway and Tracy Road.
The trustees voted on the request after hearing from residents, a member of the union representing CSX employees, and the chief s of the township’s police and fire departments.
Less than a month after being placed on administrative leave, Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill has resigned.
Mayor Mark Williams announced the resignation during village council’s Dec. 6 meeting, according to Eric Hise, a member of council. He declined to comment on the resignation, saying it was a personnel matter.
Garth Reynolds, village administrator, also confirmed the resignation but referred calls to Mayor Williams, who also is the village safety director to whom the chief reports.
An e-mail message and phone message left with the mayor were not returned prior to The Press deadline.
After an executive session of council on Nov. 16, Chief Hill was placed on paid administrative leave.
Hill was hired as the chief of the village police department in October, 2008. Prior to that he was a member of the Perry Township Police Department.
He was being paid an annual salary of $49,200 when he resigned as Genoa’s chief.
Oregon City Council on Monday will consider an ordinance to allow Mayor Mike Seferian to submit an application for a $468,113 Transportation Enhancement Grant to the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) to help fund the Navarre Avenue Beautification Project.
The grant would help the city enhance Navarre Avenue from the CSX railroad to Coy Road.
The city will commit $117,028, or 20 percent toward the $585,141 project.
The project consists of replacing the existing unsightly gravel shoulders on Navarre Avenue just west of the I-280 exit ramp to the CSX railroad with bioswales, a five-foot wide paved shoulder, a permeable concrete strip, and a five- foot wide sidewalk, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The project will also include landscape lighting and decorative stone for the green space at the I-280 exit ramp. Decorative street lighting will be added to the existing pedestals on the north side of Navarre Avenue between Wheeling Street and Coy Road.
Wouldn’t you like to be a lighthouse keeper, if only for a few days?
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society plans to have that opportunity available once a $1.5-2 million renovation project is complete.
“Once it’s restored, we’re hoping in two to three years, people will be able to stay out there three to four days a week,” THLS President Sandy Bihn said. “It would be about four people, two pairs in each room that obviously know each other and apply together.
“They would pay some amount to stay there. They would be the keepers at the lighthouse so that when boaters and the school children will hopefully come out and tour it, it will be manned from spring until fall. So it will be a long period of time. We are giving priority to becoming a keeper to members, so the longer you’ve been a member, you get first and then second and whatever. A lot of people are enthused about the project and we’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback.”
The Toledo Harbor Lighthouse is located about five miles north of Maumee Bay State Park's shores. The lighthouse marks the entrance to the Toledo shipping channel where Lake Erie and Maumee Bay meet. Boaters are generally destined for the Maumee River.
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