|Lake Twp. wants grant to upgrade road signs|
|Written by DEBBIE ROGERS | Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:43|
MILLBURY - New street signs at a great price could help curb serious accidents in Lake Township.
At last week's meeting, the trustees approved a resolution applying for an Ohio Department of Transportation grant to upgrade road signs. The grant is 100 percent, with no match required, said streets Supervisor Dan McLargin.
He said the township is eligible for the grant because it logged 308 "serious" crashes over the last five years.
The grant will pay for new, larger stop, stop ahead and curve arrow signs. The signs will increase from 30 to 36 inches, McLargin said. The grant also foots the bill for sign posts, nuts and bolts and yellow and red reflectors.
The township-wide systematic signage upgrade grant from ODOT's safety program is due May 1.
Police Chief Mark Hummer was involved in one of those "serious" accidents in May 2010. While driving on Pemberville Road, a truck on Walbridge Road pulled out in front of him.
"I would say anything we can do to raise the awareness of a potentially dangerous intersection, or any intersection, is a good thing," Hummer said after the meeting.
The chief added that failing to yield at stop signs is the cause of themajority of serious accidents in Wood County.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Heard new recycling totes will begin being delivered to residents next month. They are part of a one-year contract extension the trustees approved with Waste Management last year. There is no charge for the new containers.
• Approved buying 400 tons of salt from Detroit Salt Co. LLC at $42 per ton for a total of $16,800.
• Approved paying $3,376 for its proportionate share to the Wood County Emergency Management Agency for 2013.
• Heard that the chili and soup cookoff raised $700 for the Friends of the Parks.
• Heard January department reports. Police made 13 arrests and issued 13 citations. The township had 278 calls, Rossford had 359, Walbridge had 94 and Millbury had one. The cemetery had 16 burials. The fire department responded to 91 calls for service and Medic 50 had 89. Zoning issued three permits and collected $140.
• Heard from Perrysburg Councilman Tom Mackin, who is running for Perrysburg Municipal Court judge in November. Trustee Ron Sims asked if Mackin would look into how the township could recoup more fees and fines from the court. Because it is a township, officers have to cite under the state code and very little money comes back to the community. Officers from municipalities, on the other hand, cite under their own ordinances and get much of their fines and fees returned. Mackin said he would look into it, but suspected the legislature would have to make changes.
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