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Wells OKs bid for paving project

March 8, 2011
From staff reports

BRILLIANT -Wells Township trustees recently voted to accept the bid of Lash Paving and Excavating for the township's 2011 resurfacing project involving Riddles Run Road.

The Lash company's bid totaled $212,362.20. The other bid received was from Shelly and Sands for a total of $225,511.

Trustee Larry Owens made a motion to adopt an agenda format for township meetings, requiring people to request in advance permission to address the board.

Fiscal Officer Joe Matthews was not in favor of this idea. Trustee Joe Ellis recommended the motion be tabled. There was no second to that motion.

Solicitor Michelle Miller said the chairman has the authority at present to prohibit anyone from disrupting a meeting, and if information is requested and isn't available, it can be provided at a later date.

The trustees also approved the annual appropriations resolution, which has a total of $1,990,994. Included are the general fund, $375,030; license tax fund, $15,000; gasoline tax fund, $90,000; road and bridge, $804,104; recreation fund, $92,202; fire levy fund, $214,854; police department, $354,804; and "Haunted House," $45,000.

Several residents and Owens commended the road crews for cleaning streets during the winter, and Ellis thanked the crews for cleaning up township lots.

Road and Bridge Superintendent John Keyoski reported natural springs are the cause behind water laying on a street in the Strowbridge area, so 400 feet of pipe of 40 tons of river gravel have been put in place.

In a related matter, a Strowbridge Street resident said there is no place to park his car at his residence that does not block someone. He added when the house was purchased, he was told to park in front.

Owens said the turnaround in that area must remain open, and a survey of property lines was recommended.

The solicitor said a "no parking" zone is in effect because the alley cannot be blocked. It was noted an attorney may be needed to see if the property was misrepresented.

In other business:

Owens reported the trade show during the Ohio Township Association convention was worthwhile, and he added that Keyoski should attend for one day next year.

A motion was approved to change the first meeting in April to 7 p.m. on April 5.

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