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An improvement project to a stretch of East Broadway in Lake Township is scheduled to begin May 27 and will likely take two or three weeks to complete, according to Dan McLargin, the township road supervisor.

McLargin informed the township board of trustees Tuesday the project is being conducted by Wood County and will include milling about 2 inches of the road before resurfacing.

The county commissioners last year approved an agreement with the Ohio Public Works Commission for a grant of $325,000 to partially pay for the project, which will include milling and resurfacing the road between State Route 795 and the Northwood corporation limits – a distance of about 2.7 miles.

The project is expected to cost a total of $742,695.

However, the outlook for major resurfacing projects on roads under the jurisdiction of the township this summer doesn’t look promising, the trustees said in response to a question from McLargin about funding.

“It doesn’t look good,” Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said about the availability of revenues in the road fund.

In January and February alone, the cost of snow removal and related repairs reached about $18,459 and crews accumulated nearly 560 hours of overtime.

There are about 71 miles of roads in the unincorporated areas of the township that are the responsibility of the township, McLargin said, adding township crews will still be patching roads.

The trustees Tuesday approved a purchase of 4,600 pounds of Dura Crack filler for $2,400 through the Wood County engineer’s office.

Richard Welling, a trustee, said he’s been contacted by Lindsay Webb, a member of Toledo City Council, about pressing the state legislature for additional monies for capital improvement projects such as streets.

Webb and other elected officials trekked to Columbus recently while the legislature was considering the governor’s mid-biennium review to ask for restoration of Local Government Funds that have been cut from previous budgets.

Welling authored a resolution approved by the trustees in March that asks State Senator Randy Gardner, Representative Tim Brown and the governor to push for more state funding for local governments. The resolution notes there is about $1.4 billion in the Ohio Budget Stabilization Fund – also known as the rainy day fund – and the state should restore funding to municipalities and townships that’s been cut in prior state budgets.

Brown and Gardner told The Press last month they favored additional revenues given the severity of the winter and the resulting damage to roads. Welling last week said he hadn’t heard from them since his resolution was passed.

In other business, the trustees approved resolutions to accept Joshua Stieb and Jeffery Clinton as probationary firefighters and accept the resignation of firefighter Matt Toflinski.

Bruce Moritz, fire chief, said Toflinski, who is also a paramedic, has been offered a full-time position with the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.

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