Lake. Twp.: Court dismisses road repair case

Staff Writer

A complaint filed by Lake Township against the Village of Walbridge over maintenance of a stretch of Drouillard Road has been dismissed in Perrysburg Municipal Court.
A maintenance agreement dating back to August 1977 for the village to maintain Drouillard Road from Cummings Road to the village southern corporation limits was “void and unenforceable,” the court ruled, noting the agreement wasn’t signed by the village administrator.
A 2018 court case between the village and a pool repair company was also cited by the court.
The village informed the township in April 2018 the village was going to cease maintaining Drouillard Road effective June 1 of that year.
“This decision is supported by legal boundaries, taxing and police jurisdictions and the significant demographic changes in Lake Township,” a letter from James Bishop, then village administrator, to the township solicitor says.
In 2019, the township submitted an invoice for $116.31 to the village for repairing a pothole in the northbound lane of Drouillard Road, south of Ayers Road, but the village refused to reimburse the township.
The township also claimed it incurred $367 in labor costs and $208 for road salt to remove snow between Jan. 12 and 31, 2019.
The 1977 maintenance agreement was linked to an annexation agreement between the township and village in which the village annexed township property adjacent to Drouillard Road.
Mark Hummer, township administrator, said he and the township trustees will be meeting with legal counsel to review the court decision.


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