Mosquito spraying not in Lake budget

MILLBURY – The mosquitoes, if and when they come this year, will have free reign in Lake Township – at
least for this summer.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Lake Township Trustee Chairwoman Melanie Bowen said she was asked by a resident to
look into spraying area ditches to stop the pesky insects. The farmer, she said, lives in the
Pemberville and Bradner roads area and would like the ditches sprayed. Northwood, the farmer said,
sprays ditches for mosquitoes.
Bowen said the township does not have the equipment to do the spraying and would have to pay for
personnel in the evening to do the work, or contract it out.
Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger said a township employee would also have to be certified.
"You’re talking about 36 square miles of property," added Trustee Richard Welling.
After the meeting, Bowen said she estimates the cost of mosquito spraying at several thousand dollars,
and that is not in the budget for this year. She said the trustees could do more research and revisit it
next year.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Approved a resolution for the Wood County auditor and board of elections for a renewal of a 5-year,
1-mill fire levy on the November ballot. This is a continuation of the process that started a few weeks
ago to renew the levy, which expires Dec. 31 and generates $223,860. It will pay for salaries and
equipment. "It’s not a new tax," Welling said.
• Heard Trustee Jeff Pettit ask if the township had ever received a reply from the Ohio Department of
Transportation about reducing the speed limit on Lemoyne Road. "We did ask and we were turned
down," Bowen said. Police Chief Mark Hummer added that officers did their own traffic study and
found about three out of 800 vehicles were traveling at 55 mph. "It’s an illusional issue more than
a practical issue," he said.
• Approved buying a Hustler Super Z deck mower from TMT Equipment Sales and Service, Perrysburg, for
$9,768. This is replacing a 9-year-old mower at the cemetery.
• Decided to spend $855 for repairs and preventative maintenance to Howell Rescue Systems Inc.,
Kettering, for the hydraulic rescue tool used by the fire department.
• Approved spending $750 to replace the fuel shutoff solenoid on fire unit 841/engine 28. Toledo Cummings
Bridgeway, Maumee, will do the work.
• Voted to continue an enrollment in the Cooperative Purchasing Program through the Ohio Department of
Administrative Services for $100. "We’re saving money by belonging to this program,"
Schwamberger said. The trustees used the program earlier in the meeting to purchase the mower.
• Accepted the resignation of firefighter Brent Jones.
• Had a moment of silence to remember the seven victims of the June 5, 2010, tornadoes.