Perrysburg Twp. sells land to city

LIME CITY – The township trustees have agreed to sell the city land it needs to complete Phase II of the
Fort Meigs Road improvement project.
The board agreed at its Oct. 19 meeting to allow a right-of-way taking of property by the city on Fort
Meigs Road, in front of Fire Station No. 2. In exchange, the township will receive $47,000 for the
property as assessed by the city.
According to city Engineer Doug Dariano, the agreement will provide the city with necessary access to
widen Fort Meigs Road to three lanes from the CSX tracks to the Eckel Junction intersection. He said the
net take will be .427 acres, consisting of an 880-foot strip about 26 feet deep from the south to north
end of the project.
Initially, the trustees harbored some concern about potential decreased functionality of the fire station
building because the apron – the area between the building and the curb – would become a lesser length
than the interior bay depth of the building. Trustee Bob Mack wrote in a letter to the city that the
ratio is important in a commercial facility where trucks and trailers need appropriate access.
At the same time, Owens-Illinois also held a revisionary interest on the building. When O-I originally
donated the property, the township agreed to return the property when it was no longer needed for the
fire station. However, Mack said O-I representatives were supportive of the taking.
"I do not expect any further reservations," Mack wrote. "And although we have concerns
regarding the functionality of the building, we have a more overwhelming concern for continuing peace in
the valley of Perrysburg, especially since this widening project is long overdue and benefits the
The board also passed a resolution requesting that the state review a township engineering and traffic
investigation on Mandell Road between Bates and Lime City roads. The resolution affirms the township’s
belief that the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in that area is unreasonable.
Police Chief Ed Stribrny has said that this area was selected for review because it most easily meets
Ohio Department of Transportation criteria for reducing speed.
In other action, the board:
¥ Entered into executive session and approved a base wage of $19.90 an hour with possible concessions
based on experience for a records secretary position.
¥ Heard from Administrator John Hrosko that representatives from Ottawa County seemed receptive, during a
recent water committee meeting at the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, to the prospect of
providing Wood County with an alternative water source.
¥ Approved a purchase order of approximately $4,000 to cover high-than-expected costs for water bills.