Twp. plans to replace culvert

Staff writer

Lake Township officials plan to address flooding problems along Lemoyne Road, south of State Rt. 795 by replacing a drain culvert near Marsh Street.
Letters have been sent to nearby residents, advising them of the plans.
“The water issue is a real problem in this area and into the farm field just feet away from the culvert,” Mike Hossler, township zoning inspector, says in the letter, adding that the flooding is also a problem for properties to the east, south and north of the culvert.
Before the project can start, the township is asking residents to clear the right-of-ways along Marsh Street, which provides access to a farm field.
For now, the township is asking that landscaping bricks in the right-of-way along the north side of the street be removed to allow road department crews to work on the culvert but that may change, Hossler states in his letter. “Some cases for removing obstruction may be that the way it is right now, the farmer to the west, or the end of Marsh Street, will not have enough room for his equipment to gain entrance into his field. At anytime the fields are leased or sold to another person, this may be a problem.”
Citing Ohio Revised Code, the letter says the township has the right to clear the right-of-ways of obstructions, including large pine trees that stand along a path near the west end of Marsh Street and near the corner of Lemoyne Road and Marsh Street that pose a safety hazard for traffic.
“I have spoken several times to the home owner to the north of Marsh Street and have advised her that her landscaping is truly in the path of the right-of-way,” Hossler’s letter says.


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