Lake Twp. hears concerns about shuttered businesses PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:39
File photo. A woman is seen walking inside the Woodville Mall in Northwood. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
MILLBURY - When the Anderson's Northwood site closed this winter, jobs went with it, along with a general store where local residents could buy everything from fresh produce to lawnmowers.
Its losses are still reverberating down Woodville Road.
At an open forum with the Wood County Commissioners at last week's Lake Township Trustees' meeting, one business owner said he would move if a store did not replace Anderson's.
"'Cause, if not, I'm going to pull out. I can't take a loss like that," said Larry Sigler, who owns the resale store New to You with his wife.
He said since Anderson's at the Woodville Mall shuttered, his business has suffered a $3,000 loss.
Commissioner Jim Carter said it isn't easy to get a store or business to locate in a certain spot. Developers are looking for a "jobs-ready site," with utilities ready to go and roads ready to travel. The correct zoning is also a must, he said.
"They go where everything is all ready to be built," Carter said.
Business owners like Sigler could benefit from a property re-evaluation, said Commissioner Joel Kuhlman.
Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the administrator, said officials are always on the lookout for grants to remove vacant buildings.
Sigler added that it wasn't just Anderson's leaving that blighted that area. Steve and Barry's and Food Town also closed.
"We need some stores there. We need some restaurants there," he said.
Some other township residents at the May 20 open forum asked if the commissioners could do anything about tearing down dilapidated homes.
Rally McDaniel, Dana Fink and Barbara Harvey all complained about the same Mabel Street property. McDaniel said it has been neglected since he was a kid.
"I'm interested in buying property in that same neighborhood, but I'm not doing that until this is gone," he said.
Lake Township Zoning Inspector Dave Miesmer said the property had been forwarded to the Wood County Health Department. The department has secured $600,000 in grant money to tear down run-down homes, but none from Lake Township are on the initial list.
The board of commissioners, which also includes Doris Herringshaw, stressed that if residents didn't hear the answers they wanted to at this meeting, or needed more information, they should contact them.
Carter said service is the county's sole purpose. There are 1,000 employees, he said, whose main mission is to serve the taxpayers.
Also at the forum, Lake Township Trustee Richard Welling praised the commissioners for committing casino revenue toward bridge improvement in the county.
Kuhlman said the board did pledge first-quarter earnings toward bridges, but future casino revenue hasn't been decided.
Later, in their regular meeting, the trustees recommended three bridges for replacement: Lemoyne Road at Cedar Creek, Lemoyne Road at Dry Creek and Luckey Road at Henry Ditch.

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