LAKE TWP.   During the regular meeting on March 11, the Lake Township Board Trustees heard from a resident during the public speaks section of the March 11 regular meeting about the 2.0-mill park levy on that was placed on the May ballot. 

Connie Mason presented a list of questions for the trustees to answer. She had attended the Feb. 11 meeting but believed the answers she got then were too vague, so she returned with a specific list of questions.

Some of the top questions and the trustees’ answers are as follows:

- How was the community survey conducted, how many people were contacted, what the cost of the survey was to the taxpayers and who conducted the survey? The survey was conducted by a third party called Four Square. There were 400-600 people randomly called and asked general questions about the needs for the community. It was done in collaboration with the Lake Township YMCA, Lake Local Schools and Gentlebrook. The township’s portion for cost of the survey was $6,500.

- She asked if the trustees were working with the village of Hartville. Trustee President Jeremy Yoder said he had contacted representatives from the Village.

- Mason asked why the trustees didn’t try to get private funding then go after grants instead of asking for an “astronomical increase in property taxes.” Trustees said they needed seed money for the parks before applying for grants. Yoder said trustees had asked a few people about donations but were not able to find private donations at this time.

- Mason wanted to know if the levy will be put back on again if it fails in May. All three trustees said they have not discussed whether to put the levy back on the ballot at a later date.

- Mason wanted to know if the park project was a Yoder’s and Trustee Steve Miller’s idea. Both said they ran for their trustees’ positions and were elected because they wanted more transparency in the township government and wanted to build a park for residents. Yoder said their platform and the park project is the result of feedback from hundreds of people they talked to before and since being elected. Both Yoder and Miller stated this is an issue coming from the residents.

“This is not my issue or Jeremy’s issue, it’s coming from the residents,” Miller said. “we have done our due diligence with the park development and we’ll see what happens with it in May.”

“I believe the development of the park will increase commercial building in the area and bring in more residents which will increase our tax base and potentially lower our property taxes," Yoder added.

If the levy passes in May, it will generate $1.6 million a year and will be in effect for 10 years. The levy will be first due in the calendar year 2020. It will cost a $100,000 home owner $70 a year. 

OTHER ACTIONS: 

- Authorized paying bills as of March 11 in the amount of $296,135.

- Set the dates for the spring cleanup as follows: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 5-7 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8. There is a limit of 12 tires per family with no commercial tires or hazardous waste allowed.

- Discussed a request for “No Parking” signs on the north side of Lake Center Road in Glengarry Allotment. All three trustees said they don’t believe parking on the street in the area presents any safety issues for residents or for emergency services. They decided they didn’t need a resolution because they believe the status quo (which allows parking on the street) is appropriate.

- Went into executive session to discuss employment matters with no action taken.

UP NEXT: Meets 6:30 p.m. March 25 at Township Hall