Perrysburg Twp. will help foot bill for summer tutoring program PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 09:02
Perrysburg Township trustees donated $5,000 Wednesday to the Little Jackets Academic Camp.
The summer tutoring program will be held at Frank Elementary in the morning, and also consist of an all-day program at the community center in Perrysburg Heights. Representatives approached trustees for a $10,000 donation toward the camp's $70,000 budget this summer.
Trustees agreed that while the program doesn't represent one of the township government's essential functions, there is a need for the camp and it could benefit public safety in the Heights.
"You hear about all the studies about programs such as these that get kids a start, and that could result in lower crime, and dealing with crime is definitely an area we deal with. So I think it's an investment in the future of the children and maybe will help make the area a little safer and give them a better opportunity," said Trustee Craig LaHote.
The board informed program representatives who were present again Wednesday that they couldn't fund the full amount without having any money budgeted this year. Trustees said if the program goes well, they should be able to budget more money for it next year.
"Maybe we can include this to a greater magnitude next year," said Trustee Bob Mack.
Also Wednesday, the board of trustees agreed to act in the next two weeks on potential levy requests for November.
Two fire levies are expiring, one at 1 mill and the other at 2 mills, which combined generate $1,151,081 for the department. Renewal of those levies will likely be on the ballot in November.
The township may also pursue a new levy for police services, as the department needs about $1 million per year that could be generated by a levy of around 2.6 mills, said Township Administrator Walt Celley.
That levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $91 per year.
Separately, trustees passed the final approval of the 2014 zoning initiative which will appear on the November ballot. The board is trying once again to institute zoning regulations in about half of the township which is currently unzoned, which has been unpopular with voters in previous years.
"This is one of the most important things we could do this year," said Mack.
In other business, trustees:
• Heard from Fire Chief Tom Brice that the department received a $2,500 fire prevention grant from Walmart.
• Hired Matthew Hendrix and Joe Hoffman as part-time firefighter/paramedics.
• Approved a contract of up to $7,900 for demolition of property at 7910 Fremont Pike.
• Heard from Celley that an application for a noise barrier near the Ohio Turnpike will be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Transportation along with about a dozen applications for similar projects.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 June 2014 10:31

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