Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 19 December 2013 11:23
MILLBURY - A community garden started this summer wasn't squashed, but didn't exactly grow either.
|File photo. The hand prints of children decorate the fence surrounding a compassion garden. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
At Tuesday's meeting, Lake Township Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said the garden, which was planted on land donated by the township, was abandoned by its two organizers about mid-summer.
"I do think it was a good project. I don't know if we're going to do it again," said Bowen, who ended up overseeing the garden. "The project needs someone who can stay with it."
The garden did net five truckloads of produce, which was donated to the Feed Your Neighbors program, held monthly out of the Walbridge fire station.
The food pantry patrons enjoyed squash, zucchini, corn, tomatoes, peppers and cabbage, plus herbs like basil, oregano and thyme.
"All in all, I would call it a success, considering what we got out of it," Bowen said.
The 50-by-50-foot plot is located at the dispatch center.
After the meeting, Bowen said one of the women moved out of state, and the other went to jail.
In other business, Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger said the township has received an unexpected windfall of $246,200.
The majority of it - $59,000 - comes from estate tax, which was abolished this year for townships. The tax the township received was from estates concluded in 2011, Schwamberger said.
"You just never know," she said of receiving the estate tax.
The township could collect more dating back to 2012.
Other fund increases came from a "slightly higher" amount of real estate taxes, Schwamberger said. Other funds getting bumps were Federal Drug Law Enforcement, $32,000 from equitable sharing; special levy-fire, $55,000 from taxes and worker's compensation premium refund, and special levy-police, $33,000 from taxes and worker's compensation premium fund.
In the next motion at the meeting, the trustees voted to spend about $55,000 of the money. It went to $7,000 in cemetery salaries, $40,000 in the road fund for salaries and machinery and $30,000 in the police fund for salaries.
Schwamberger said the rest of the money would be a carryover for next year.
In other financial business, the trustees approved temporary appropriations for the first 90 days of 2014 totaling $1.8 million. Schwamberger said that was unchanged from 2013.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Heard the refuse pickup company change, from Waste Management to Republic, is on schedule for Jan. 1. Residents must call the company to officially sign up, then leave their Waste Management carts at the curb, where they will be switched out.
• Approved paying the annual membership dues of $456 to the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce. The township uses the chamber to access health insurance for employees.
• Heard Police Chief Mark Hummer remind snowmobilers to make sure they have permission to ride on private property. "Snowmobiling on private property will not be tolerated," he said. Violators will be cited and the snowmobile towed. Hummer said the snowmobiler must be able to prove that the owner of the property is allowing the snowmobile. There were several complaints about this last year and stepped-up enforcement.
• Heard Hummer also say that if a snowfall exceeds two inches, vehicles must be removed from the streets. He also asked that residents not shovel snow back into the streets after they have been plowed. Bowen asked that the emergency call service could be used for notifications.
• Heard November department reports. Police had 18 arrests and issued 61 citations; calls for service were 342 for Rossford, 291 for Lake Township, 88 for Walbridge and six for Millbury. The fire department had 74 calls. There were 26 burials at the cemetery. Zoning received $500 and issued three permits.
• Set the year-end meeting for Dec. 30 at 5:30 p.m.