Lake Twp. residents flood trustees with water complaints


MILLBURY — April showers brought residents to the Lake Township Trustees’ meeting earlier this month.
Two women said their yards and homes are flooded and are hoping the trustees have a solution.
Cheryl Roth, Cramer Street, complained about water issues at her residence, which is covered in mold, she
“I have water issues in the yard that is horrible,” she said. “I’m living in unhealthy (conditions),
smelling it and breathing it.”
She said she has a $3,700 estimate to get a sewer installed.
Steve Fry, road supervisor, ticked off several things that the Lake Township department has done to help
with the situation, including cleaning and jetting out catch basins.
“I did what I could for her,” Fry said.
Michelle Johnson, Lemoyne Road, said that when semi-trucks make the turn from Latcha Road, they often
drive through her saturated yard. She said she can’t mow until mid-summer because there’s so much
“I don’t even have a yard anymore with people driving through my yard,” she said. “This is just insane.”

Johnson said she’s lived there since 2008.
“It’s soaking. I have inches of water,” she said.
The trustees said they would investigate.
In other business, the trustees approved Officer Michael Blair as operations officer for the police
department. He will be paid $27.23 per hour and start May 1. Blair is replacing Jeanne Rogacki, who is
retiring after 30 years in the position.
“It’s a good fit. It should work out well,” said Police Chief Mark Hummer.
A retirement party for Rogacki will be held Friday from noon-3 p.m. at the administration hall. It is
open to the public.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Contracted with Perfect Sweeping, Toledo, for curbed street sweeping for the months of May, July and
• Approved purchasing a 2019 Dodge Charger AWD PPV for the police department for $35,756 from John Jones,
Salem, Indiana. It will replace a 2008 and 2011 vehicle.
“We’re getting our money’s worth out of cruisers,” Hummer said.
• Voted to buy an unmarked utility vehicle for$10,800 from Baumann Ford Genoa. This includes the trade-in
of the 2007 GMC Yukon and 2005 Jeep Cherokee used by the police department.
• Changed the May 7 meeting, due to the primary election, to May 8 at 5:30 p.m.
• Heard March department reports. Police arrested six people and issued 62 citations. Fire and EMS had
107 runs, with 85 percent EMS-related. There were 10 burials and two cremations at the cemetery. Zoning
collected $360 and issued three permits.
• Heard spring brush pickup will be May 6-10 for areas west of Interstate 280 and May 13-17 for areas
east of I-280. Brush must be in place by 7:30 a.m. the first day of the week of the area scheduled for
collection. Chippable brush only should be stacked neatly and placed at the road edge with butt ends of
all branches facing in the same direction.

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