LAKE TWP.  During the regular meeting on Sept. 24, the Lake Township Board of Trustees authorized applying for a grant from Clean Ohio for the purchase and preservation of 63 acres of land on the west side of the township, close to Uniontown, that would be open to the public as a passive park.

Trustee Steven Miller introduced the resolution that would allow the township to apply for a grant that would help purchase the land, which is appraised at $640,000. The township would be responsible for $67,250 for the land purchase and the grant would pay for the remaining balance.

A second grant would cover the cost of installing a parking lot on the land. The cost of the parking lot would be $30,000 and the township would be responsible for $7,500 and the grant would cover the remainder.

The total of $74,750 that the township would have to commit to the project would come from the general fund.

"A resident approached the township about turning his property into a park." Miller said." It would be a passive park which would include open space, walking and biking trails but no baseball fields. The land would have to remain green space and could never be used for a development."

While all trustees voted yes to apply for the grants, John Arnold expressed some concerns. 

"The location is a good spot for the township, but one of my concerns is that part of the land is in a flood plain," Arnold said. "Plus, the money the township has to put up will take away from other bigger scale projects."

Trustee Jeremy Yoder said he belives the park would be a benefit to the township and to the residents.

OTHER ACTIONS: 

- Approved purchasing 1,000 tons of road salt from Nordonia Landscape Supplies at $90 a ton. Arnold said that the township decided to purchase the road salt outside of the University of Akron Community Education Purchasing Association (CUE) because the CUE is unable to commit to tonnage amounts and prices for this year’s salt purchases. Arnold said the township found a private non-bid supplier of bulk road salt that is available for immediate possession. The township will be required to pickup the salt in Cleveland and transport to the township.

The township has 3,500 tons of salt in stock and adding the 1,000 tons will put the township at what has generally been needed for an average or slightly above average winter.

"This is not a CUE issue, it’s an issue across the board," Arnold said. "Cargill in Cleveland said there is a leak in the mine and they have not been able to mine the amount of salt they have been able to in the past for the municipalities.

"There was a pecking order as to who would get road salt this winter and everybody outside of Summit County was way down on the list. We would not be able to get any salt from the CUE. We currently have the majority of salt we need to get through the winter but not necessarily the entire amount and so purchasing the additional 1,000 tons should get us through the winter. We need to assure the people living in the township that we have enough salt to take care of our roads through the entire winter."

- Authorized paying bills as of Sept. 24 in the amount of $334,342.

- Approved the purchase of pipe for Phase I of the Jamestown No. 2 Allotment Joint Off-Road Drainage Project from Marlboro Supply for $20,206 from the road and bridge fund. The county will install the pipe.

- Authorized upgrading internet and phone services from Spectrum for the township administrative, police and road departments. The cost of the upgraded business class contract will increase from $312 a month to $404 a month.

UP NEXT: Meets 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Township Hall.