|Perrysburg Twp. digs into mining proposal|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:44|
LIME CITY - The possibility of a new mining operation in Perrysburg Township drew concern from officials Wednesday.
Trustees and other administrators met during a department head meeting held at the township building on Lime City Road.
Township Administrator Walt Celley discussed a letter received from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding a permit application from Wylie and Sons Landscaping LLC, on Glenwood Road.
That company is seeking to begin a 14.7-acre mining operation, to acquire topsoil, limestone and clay, on Glenwood Road between Ohio 20 and Ohio 795, on the east side of the roadway.
The township, under the Ohio Revised Code, has 35 days from the issuance of the letter to request an informal conference on the matter conducted by the ODNR's Division of Mineral Resources Management. The letter is dated June 5.
"This just kind of scares me," said Township Trustee Gary Britten of the issue. Officials at the meeting brought up concerns as to how the mining site would be used, and whether or not explosives might be used.
Currently a quarry is operated in the township by Cardinal Aggregate Inc. in the 8000 block of Fremont Pike.
There is a plan to move forward and seek a conference to further look into the matter. A meeting date has not yet been set.
In other business:
• The officials heard a question from Township Police Chief Mark Hetrick concerning a nearly $5,000 upgrade that would allow township phones to interact with a forthcoming "enhanced 911" system in the county. The cost would likely be split between the police department and the township.
• The trustees awarded a bid of no more than $153,966 to Alert Public Safety Solutions, Columbus, for a Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) system.
"We're probably 15 years behind the game here," said Fire Chief Tom Brice of the new system.
"I really think it's in the best interest of the township."
The new CAD system would make statistical analysis easier, and additionally enable the township to apply for more grants. The administration plans to meet with the company to discuss the price and features of the system prior to a formal vote.
• The trustees approved a purchase order for the police department for AirSoft practice weapons in the amount of $2,138.
• A brief executive session was conducted at the close of the meeting to discuss discipline and employee hiring.
Following the executive session, two new employees were hired: Police Officer Kimberly Katafias, who will begin work July 1, and Dispatcher Michael Thompson, who will start June 25.
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