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Co. Rd. 24 Grant Papers Submitted, Ruffer Says

German Township’s application for State of Ohio Issue II grant money has been submitted, said Randy Ruffer, president of the German Township Trustees.

Speaking during the trustee meeting Monday night, Oct. 8, Ruffer said Jason Baden, an engineer with the Fulton County engineer office, said all of the application materials had been submitted for review at the county level.

The trustees are applying for grant funds to resurface Co. Rd. 24, from Co. Rd. D to US20A. They have earmarked $150,000 to cover the local share of the project, which is anticipated to cost about $300,000.

Issue II grant applications are judged on a points basis.

Right now, Ruffer said the township’s proposed project has 81 points, about the most they can get for a resurfacing project. A more extensive reconstruction project would earn a higher point total, he said.

A committee of county officials review the project, and can assign up to 25 additional points. If the county committee grants the project 20 or more points, that would put the project around 101 points.

Ruffer said Baden told him the German Township application should do well at the county level, because he (Baden) didn’t know of any other major projects in the county in line for Issue II money.

“Jason is pretty confident,” Ruffer said.

From the county level, it goes to Northwest Ohio district committee, which can also assign points.

Ruffer told fellow trustees Bruce Lauber and Andy King that if the project gets around 106, it will be in good shape for state review.

“So we need to score a few points at the Northwest District,” he said.

If the project isn’t funded this year, it can be routed through another portion of the grant program, but the chances of receiving funding in that program are very slim, he said.


The trustees also discussed the current road striping project. The group set aside $10,000 to do additional road striping.

In some places, plans to paint white lines along the road edges were abandoned, to concentrate on the yellow center line.

The trustees also discussed a request by Embarq to do underground work on Co. Rd. F, east of St. Rt. 66.

King said the area where the telephone company wants to dig is near underground drainage tiles that were installed a few years ago.

Lauber said someone from the township road maintenance crew, either Dan Leininger, superintendent, or Josh King, employee, should be on hand when Embarq starts the project.

Mari Yoder, township fiscal officer, said the trustees will be required to enact a new policy regarding public records, and someone from the trustees must complete a public records training course.

She said auditors will be coming to German Township to review the township books.

The trustees also discussed a problem with Archbold Fire Department’s truck No. 104.

The rescue-pumper fuel tank has developed a small leak, and must be replaced. Because it is located between the truck’s frame rails, replacing it is a difficult task.

The truck manufacturer, Sutphen of Amlin, has offered to discount the cost of the $700 replacement tank, but to install it would cost $1,500.

Ruffer said the fire department is considering having the work done at a local truck repair shop.


Yoder also updated the trustees on her efforts to update the trustee meeting room.

She has been pricing things from a new, custom-made conference table to new window blinds.

Some of the quotes for prices she requested have not been returned, she said.

There will be a German Township Zoning Board hearing Monday, Oct. 22, to hear a request from Donald Young, 21221 Co. Rd. C, to construct an outbuilding on his property.

The trustees opted to move their Tuesday, Oct. 23 meeting to that Monday.

The hearing is at 6:30 pm; the trustee meeting will start immediately after.- David Pugh

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