LAKE TWP.  During its regular meeting on Nov. 13, the Lake Township Board of Trustees tabled a resolution for purchasing two parcels of land totaling 18 acres to use for a park area at a cost of $52,000. Both parcels are adjacent to the Lake Township Road Department building with one parcel facing Midway Street and the other off Market Avenue North.

Trustee Jeremy Yoder proposed the township purchase the land with or without the passage of the parks levy that will be on the May 2019 ballot.

He said the land is bank owned and he believes that the price was good and that the bank would want to sell it quickly. Yoder said the land would be a good purchase for the parks plan the township is developing.

"I think with the price, it’s worth buying now, I don’t see any risk in purchasing the land," Yoder said.

Trustee President John Arnold said he would like to see if the bank would consider a contingency sale agreement where the township would purchase the land if the park levy passed in May.

Trustee Steve Miller said he would support buying the land with or without the passage of the levy but that he also supports inquiring about a contingency sale agreement. He said the land could be used for walking trails and said the purchase of quality land is never a bad investment. He said if the bank started the foreclosure process on the land, the township could lose it.

Arnold said he was concerned that if the township purchased the land and then the park levy didn’t pass, the township would have the expense of taking care of the property.

"If the levy doesn’t pass, this would be more property we’d have to take care of, I’d rather see the purchase contingent upon the passage of the park levy in May," Arnold said.

Yoder did say the township could pursue a grant from NEXUS Community Grants to help with the cost. The trustees tabled a vote on the purchase until Yoder could contact the bank about contingency sale agreement.

OTHER ACTIONS: 

- Heard from Miller that the township did not get a through Clean Ohio to purchase 63 acres of land adjacent to the Industrial Excess Landfill off Cleveland Avenue. The land is located off Mogadore Road. Miller said the township will not pursue the purchase of the land this year. Trustees will revisit it in 2019 and see if the land is still available and if they can reapply for the grant. Miller said one of the main concerns for why the township didn’t get the grant was that the township didn’t have a parks and recreation department.

- Authorized paying bills as of Nov. 11 in the amount of $997,413.

- Approved discarding old furniture from the Uniontown Police Department. Arnold said that the furniture has no value and many pieces fell apart when they moved it out to make room for the new furniture.

- Authorized requesting a traffic engineering study be performed by the Stark County Commissioners to determine the need for a School Bus Stop Ahead sign on Hoover Avenue. Arnold said the trustees wanted to see the results of the study before approving the sign.

- Approved Haymaker Tree and Lawn for removing dead trees within right-of-way along Nimishillen Church Street at a cost of $9,675.

- Scheduled a Tax Incentive Review Council meeting for 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 26 with the regular trustees meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m.

UP NEXT: Meets 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Township Hall.