Lake Twp. feud over fires heating up
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 26 August 2013 10:09
MILLBURY - Where there's smoke, there's fire, and apparently an irate neighbor.
Lemoyne Road resident Robert Cline told the Lake Township Trustees at Tuesday's meeting that he is exasperated with his neighbor, who keeps calling the fire department when he starts a fire for cooking in his backyard.
Cline said after he started a fire in September, the neighbor called 911 and said the house was engulfed. The whole Lake Township Fire Department responded.
"I just want to roast some hamburgs and marshmallows in peace," he said.
After having an official from the Environmental Protection Agency come out to his home, Cline said he believes he is allowed to have a fire. He also said the Ohio Revised Code allows him to have a recreational fire for cooking, heating or religious reasons.
Police Chief Mark Hummer said Cline was mostly correct, but the ORC also says fires must be at least 1,000 feet away from neighbors. Cline also burnt some pine branches that caused a lot of smoke in the area.
"It's a big law. It's open to a lot of interpretation," Hummer said.
The trustees offered a conference room if Cline wanted some mediation with the neighbor.
In other business, Trustee Richard Welling said he is going to pursue getting assistance in tearing down the former Steve & Barry's department store off Woodville Road. Earlier this month, a county judge ruled the Woodville Mall, also in poor repair, should be demolished. Welling would like to see the same fate for Steve & Barry's.
"The Steve & Barry's building is also in very bad shape," said Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
Hummer said he's reached out to the Northwood administrator for guidance on the process.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Rescheduled a zoning hearing for Michigan Protein Inc., 5963 Walbridge Road, for Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. The hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday, but no company representatives were in attendance. The trustees said they have questions about the change from A-1 agricultural to M-1 light industrial.
• Awarded Gerkin Paving, Napoleon, a road surfacing project, for $108,693. The company will repave Wagoner and Isch roads. The bid is $30,000 less than the Wood County Engineer's estimate, said Dan McLargin, road supervisor.
• Authorized speed sensor and voltage connection work for fire unit 721 by W.W. Williams, Lemoyne, for $2,223.
• Approved the purchase and installation of four tires on fire department unit 841, from Tri County Tire, Oregon, for $1,946.
• Authorized the purchase and installation of a replacement air drier for fire unit 842 from Bridgeway, Maumee, for $927.
• Approved paying $15 per month/per radio for 52 portables and 14 mobiles used by the fire department.
• Heard July department reports. Police made 27 arrests and issued 46 citations. Rossford had 393 calls, Lake had 352, Walbridge had 137 and Millbury logged 11. Medic 50 EMS had 90 runs and the fire department had 91. The cemetery had 11 burials. Zoning received $1,000.
• Accepted the donation of a metal sunflower sculpture for Friendship Park, in honor of the Friends of Lake Township Parks volunteers, from Welling. Sims said he was donating chainsaw carvings for Moline Meadows Park. The Moline park will be dedicated Sept. 22.