E. Broadway parcel recommended to Habitat for Humanity

Larry Limpf

The Lake Township trustees will recommend Habitat for Humanity of Wood County consider a parcel on East Broadway as a site for the organization to construct a home.
The non-profit organization has announced it is looking for lots in the county suitable for affordable housing for residents of low and moderate income levels. In the past few years, Habitat has constructed homes in Walbridge, Northwood, Bradner, Weston and Bowling Green.
Mark Ohashi, executive director of the Wood County office, writes in a letter to the trustees that lots should be large enough to accommodate “our ranch-style 3 or 4-bedroom home. We have a few different house plans that will fit on different sized lots.”
After a brief discussion, the trustees agreed to recommend a property on East Broadway, north of State Rt. 795.

Insurance questions
The township remains in negotiations with its insurance company over the condition of a fire engine involved in a fatal crash on Dec. 14, Mark Hummer, township administrator, reported during the meeting.
The pumper engine collided with a vehicle that had swerved across the centerline after hitting a vehicle from behind that had stopped for the pumper along State Rt. 795. The driver of the vehicle that collided with the pumper later died and his passenger suffered serious injuries. Occupants of the third vehicle also were injured.
Hummer said an insurance adjuster who first inspected the pumper at the fire station concluded it was a total loss and would need to be replaced. Another adjuster, after the vehicle was towed to the plant where it was constructed in Urbana, O., concluded it was repairable even after determining the frame was bent.
One repair estimate is about $220,000, Hummer said, and replacing the pumper would cost more than $500,000.
In other business, the trustees agreed to hold their next meeting on March 18 due to the March 17 primary election.
Fiscal officer Vicki Schwamberger administered the oath of office to Buddy Ritson, who was elected to the position in November. Schwamberger didn’t seek re-election.


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