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Co. Rd. 24 Stop Signs Discussed

Sophie Aeschliman, 5, sat in on the Monday, June 10 meeting of the German Township Trustees. With her are, from left, Andy Brodbeck, trustee; Jeff Aeschliman, road maintenance worker and Sophie’s father; Keith Short, township fiscal officer; and Joe Short, president of the trustees. Not pictured: Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, trustee.– photo by David Pugh

Sophie Aeschliman, 5, sat in on the Monday, June 10 meeting of the German Township Trustees. With her are, from left, Andy Brodbeck, trustee; Jeff Aeschliman, road maintenance worker and Sophie’s father; Keith Short, township fiscal officer; and Joe Short, president of the trustees. Not pictured: Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, trustee.– photo by David Pugh

Joe Short, president of the German Township Trustees, said they may want to start discussions on changing some of the stop signs on Co. Rd. 24 during their Monday, June 10 meeting.

Several years ago, the trustees converted intersections along Co. Rd. 24 from two-way stops to four-way stops.

Now, the trustees want to examine the intersections again, with the goal of speeding traffic flow along Co. Rd. 24.

The trustees, in conjunction with Henry County of- ficials, started the process of changing the Co. Rd. 24-Fulton Co. Rd. A-Henry Co. Rd. W (county line road) to allow Co. Rd. 24 to flow freely.

In the past, Rd. A-W did not have to stop, but Co. Rd. 24 has a much higher traffic volume.

The trustees discussed changing signage when intersections were changed. Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, a trustee, suggested using more signs with blinking red lights around their perimeters, as was done at the Rd. A-W intersection.

Andy Brodbeck, a trustee, said he felt bad for area farmers, because rains have delayed, and in some cases, prevented planting. But, this may be a good year to change stop signs, because tall corn may not obstruct vision at intersections.

Kevin Eicher, Archbold village councilman, attended the meeting. He urged the trustees to join with council members and discuss improvements to Co. Rd. 24.

Zoning Change

Trustees learned plans to repurpose a former auto repair shop building in Pettisville will require the property to be rezoned.

The trustees have been told the former Rupp Auto Service building, on Summit Street in Pettisville, may be converted into apartments.

An opinion from Jon Whitmore, assistant Fulton County prosecuting attorney, states the property must be rezoned from C3-commercial to R3-residential to accommodate the change.

Board members also discussed passing a resolution that would allow a mobile home to be placed on a property in extreme circumstances.

After a June 26, 2017 fire at a home owned by Carrie A. Grieser, 18827 Co. Rd. F, in Clinton Township, the Griesers were allowed to locate a mobile home on the property for six months while the house was remodeled.

A long process was required to allow the mobile home on the property.

Steve Lange, German Township zoning inspector, told the trustees the Fulton County Commissioners had passed a resolution allowing mobile homes in such circumstances.

Trustees took no action, but directed Keith Short, township fiscal officer, to prepare a resolution.

Change

Following the lead of Archbold village council, the trustees voted to move their meeting time for the first meeting of each month to 6 pm from 7 pm.

The first meeting is on the second Monday of the month.

The second meeting is on the fourth Monday of the month, starting at 7:30 am.

Meetings are held at the German Township Building in Archbold.