Grant sought for fishing deck

Larry Limpf

Amenities to the pond at Friendship Park in Lake Township may be coming if the township’s effort to secure two grants is successful.
The township trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to apply for grants from the Wood County Parks District for a fishing deck and cabinets to house life ring buoys.
Ron Hanely, parks director, said the fishing deck would be wheelchair accessible and measure 10 feet by 16 feet.
If the grant is approved, the deck would be installed along the north side of the pond at what he described as “a good fishing spot.” The deck would extend approximately 10 feet from the shoreline and be placed on piling posts. It would be made of a composite material and have railings.
Hanely said the requested six life ring cabinets would keep the equipment in better condition. Steel posts, ropes and new life rings would be funded by the grant.
The Friends of Lake Township Parks group hosts fishing derbies at the pond.
In other business, the trustees awarded a contract for $253,989 to Henry W. Bergman, Inc., Genoa, to pave several roads in the township.
Roads to be paved include Ayers Road, from Luckey Road to East Broadway, and from East Broadway to the west and several in the Orchard View, Wagoner Place and Crosswood Roads subdivision.
The trustees also met in executive session for nearly a half hour to discuss litigation with Jim Mlynek, owner of Woodville Road Nursery, over a zoning dispute pending in Wood County Common Pleas Court.
Mlynek has until Aug. 26 to respond to the township’s request for an injunction to prohibit him from using two parcels on the other side of Woodville Road from his nursery. He’s been using the parcels to temporarily store piles of leaves before composting them at the nursery.
The township contends he hasn’t erected a suitable buffer along the perimeter of the parcels as required by zoning regulations.
The trustees in May 2018 by a 2-1 vote approved Mlynek’s request to rezone the two parcels from R-2 Residential District to B-2 General Commercial. However, the lawsuit states that storing leaves isn’t a permitted use of the parcels.


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