Digging deeper into mining plan
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 21 June 2013 09:31
LIME CITY - Officials continued to excavate a proposed operation to begin surface mining on Perrysburg Township land Wednesday night.
"We do have standing to object to that as a township," said Township Administrator Walt Celley. "That is in the process of begin prepared."
A public hearing may also take place in the matter.
The issue was first discussed last week during a township department head meeting. Celley then announced he had received a letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources noting that Wylie and Sons Landscaping LLC, Glenwood Road, is seeking a permit to begin a nearly 15-acre mining operation between U.S. 20 and Ohio 795, on the east side of the roadway.
The operation would excavate to obtain topsoil, limestone, and clay.
The township has the ability, under the Ohio Revised Code, to request an informal conference on the matter conducted by the ODNR's Division of Mineral Resources Management.
Currently Cardinal Aggregate Inc. operates a quarry in the township in the 8000 block of Fremont Pike. That company submitted an application in April to the Ohio EPA asking to relocate a stream in the area to accommodate expansion of its quarry project.
In other business, the trustees:
• Heard from Fire Chief Tom Brice that the Fire Department has two levies - one at 1 mill and another at 2 mills - that will be expiring at the end of 2014. A renewal of the levies could go on the ballot this November, next May or next November. If the levies were to go on this year's ballot, the township would have to file paperwork by Aug. 7.
"The last two times they have been renewed, they have been on a May ballot," said Celley.
• Formally approved newly-hired police officer Kimberly Katafias, who will begin work July 1, and dispatcher Michael Thompson, who will start Tuesday. Both were hired during last week's department head meeting.
• Heard that dispatcher Lisa Anne Gregg will be retiring from the police department after more than 30 years working at departments in the area. Her retirement was approved.
• Approved a $154,266.95 bid by Alert Public Safety Solutions to provide a computer aided dispatch system for the township. The new system includes improved applications that simplify the aggregation of statistics. The cost for the system will be split between the police and fire departments.
Annual maintenance on the system would total approximately $13,000.
• Hired Buckeye Energy Brokers to broker natural gas aggregation for residents and business. Trustees additionally terminated their membership in Northwest Ohio Aggregation Gas Coalition.
• Went into executive session to discuss discipline of a public employee. No further action took place.