Lake burial index to be digitized PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:02
MILLBURY - Thousands of Lake Township Cemetery records buried on index cards will begin to be computerized this month.
At last week's meeting, the Lake Township Trustees voted to use its current Uniform Accounting Network software to start modernizing the record-keeping process.
Fiscal officer Vicki Schwamberger and an office worker have researched several software packages, ranging in cost from $1,000 to $11,000. Schwamberger recommended starting with the UAN software, which would be no cost, then possibly upgrading once the records are computerized.
The urgency is due to the impending retirement of Sexton Gary Schulte in March. He has been head of the cemetery for 25 years and has kept the records on index cards and in his head.
"We do need to get this project going," said Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
Over the next few weeks, an office worker will enter all of the records into the computer. An Internet connection will also be established at the cemetery to help with future record-keeping.
"It's pretty alarming to visit the cemetery and see the records and the shape they're in," Schwamberger said.
Also at the meeting Dec. 3 meeting, the trustees:
• Accepted a bid by Republic Services, Erie, Mich., to provide solid waste and recycling services to the township. The cost is $12.93 per household and the contract is for three years beginning Jan. 1. The company will provide bi-weekly recycling with a 96-gallon cart at no charge to customers. Monday pickup will continue. "This is the best deal for our township residents," Sims said. Bowen abstained from the voting. After the meeting, she said her sister works for Republic.
• Requested the Wood County Engineer's Office do a traffic speed and safety survey/study of Lemoyne Road from the CSX tracks north of Lake schools to Ayers Road. The trustees are asking that the county and Ohio Department of Transportation reduce the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 mph. Several residents complained about speeders at the last meeting. Police Chief Mark Hummer said patrols have been increased on the road and that an informal traffic survey by township officers recorded 255 vehicles over four hours with an average speed of 47 mph.
• Approved repaying a $100,000 advance made in February to the police fund from the general fund.
• Heard from John Welch, who had donated a tree in memory of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims. He thanked the trustees and CSX for also making donations. Welch, a former trustee, also thanked Ron Sims for his service. Sims did not win reelection to his seat in November.

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