Perrysburg Twp. explores other sources of water


PERRYSBURG – The township would like to see regional communities have more control over their own water
The trustees are poised to approve a contract with Hull & Associates, of Toledo, for initial
water studies to identify potential sources of water that could serve communities in Northwest Ohio. The
township has been discussing potential water sources for a couple of years, and now is exploring its
options as regional water service contracts with Toledo are beginning to change.
Of particular concern is the possibility that Toledo will increase water service charges and tie service
to community payroll taxes, said Trustee Bob Mack.
Part of the township is served directly by Toledo, while the other portion is served by Perrysburg whose
contract with Toledo expires in 2027. The rest of the township is served by Northwestern Water and Sewer
Although Perrysburg’s contract will remain unchanged for nearly 20 years, the township is preparing for
the future. Trustees Mack and Gary Britten postponed a $5,000 contract with Hull & Associates to
conduct the water studies but will likely approve the measure at the board’s next meeting when Trustee
Craig LaHote can attend. Mack has said he would defer voting on issues related to Hull because of a
conflict of interest.
Administrator John Hrosko said the Hull contract could be broken down into separate steps as funding
becomes available. NWSD has agreed to contribute toward the project, he said.
"I think it’s a great advantage if all these entities, including ourselves, can work together to do
this," Hrosko said later in a phone interview. "It just promotes growth and everything
Britten said knowledge of the region’s water options would help put communities "in the driver’s
So far, Mack said, potential sources of water include: Bowling Green; Ottawa County; Henry County; and
Oregon. Mack said the township had also discussed another plan for porting water but declined to
elaborate until after results are seen from the study.
At its June 15 meeting, the board approved a mutual aid agreement between township fire and emergency
services and the City of Rossford. Under the agreement, the township will dispatch with Rossford on
calls involving structure fires and vice versa.
The board also heard from Police Chief Edward Stribrny that his department had received complaints about
speeding on Mandell Road between Lime City Road and Bates Road. Stribrny said he was looking into
whether speeds in the area would warrant a reduced speed limit.
"It’s just another one that’s being added to our list of complaints," he said.
There is another request for the speed limit to be lowered in the 29000 block of East River Road, he
said. However, the area is controlled by Ohio Department of Transportation.
The chief said his department is considering the purchase of a speed trailer, which could run between
$8,000-$12,000. He was asked to research trailers that could reliably count traffic, since that data
could be used in researching various township projects.
The board approved a maintenance agreement through June 2010 for the department’s Affidavit Maker
software at a cost of $660.
In addition, the trustees entered into an executive session to discuss personnel discipline and pending
litigation but no action was taken.
Also at the meeting, the board:
¥ Approved a purchase order of $4,585 for Bureau Concrete to repair curbs and streets.
¥ Approved an expense of $600 for a color feature story in a local newspaper.
¥ Approved an expense of $2,692 for a Software Solutions maintenance contract, to maintain an up-to-date
accounting format.
¥ Approved a Recycling Roundup purchase order change from $1,500 to $1,801.

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