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Farm Implement Warning Signs Get Approval From ODOT

Kenneth “Skip” Leupp told fellow German Township trustees Andy Brodbeck and Jason Pursel he received approval to mount signs cautioning motorists about farm implements on the backs of other road signs.

Leupp checked with the Ohio Department of Transportation, who said mounting a sign on the opposite side of another is allowed.

Ed Flory, a township farmer, asked the trustees to consider additional signs on Co. Rd. 24 at their Monday, Aug. 9 trustees meeting.

He said the signs are needed after almost all stop signs on the roadway were removed. He told the trustees traffic “basically flies through there.”

Leupp said ODOT officials recommended putting smaller signs underneath the caution signs that say “next two miles” or similar.

He said ODOT personnel said the shorter the distance, the more alert drivers will remain.

The trustees discussed various locations where the signs could be installed.

For example, one suggestion was on the back of a sign for traffic approaching German Township from Henry County. Others include near the Gerald Grain elevator, and at Co. Rds. G and F.

Final location decisions were not made.

Building

By consensus, the trustees decided to move forward with having a salt storage building installed on property at the German Township garage on West Mechanic Street.

The trustees obtained specifications for a “hoop building,” a building with walls made of large concrete blocks and metal “hoops” that support a fabric roof.

The trustees decided on a 48 feet wide by 64 feet deep building. The approximate cost is $30,626, not including pouring a concrete floor.

Pursel said he would check with the village of Archbold to see if village officials have any issues with the project.

Josh King, township road supervisor, discussed a problem with a drainage tile on Co. Rd. 20 between Co. Rds. B and C.

Following recent heavy rains, King said the Fulton County jet truck, which uses high-pressure water to clean out drainage tiles, flushed the underground line.

While water did flow through the tile, King said the line did not drain very fast.

The jet truck only has enough hose to reach 600 feet. The crew tried flushing the tile from both ends, but couldn’t reach another 600 feet in the middle.

He and Jeff Aeschliman, township road maintenance worker, then tried to dig up a section of tile, but discovered the tile was six feet deep under the edge of the road surface.

He decided it “was not in our best interest to dig that deep along the edge of the road.”

Brodbeck suggested having the county buy more hose for the county jet truck, or possibly rent additional hose.

Pursel said he is aware of a private jet truck operating out of Perrysburg. He said he will contact the operator and ask about the German Township problem.

ARRA Grant?

The trustees also discussed taking a one-mile section of Co. Rd. F, from Co. Rd. 21 to Co. Rd. 22, off the 2021 chip and seal program.

When a road is chip sealed, a film of liquid asphalt is sprayed on a road surface, then small stones, or chips, are applied. The goal is to extend the life of the pavement surface.

Leupp said a grant application for repaving the onemile section of roadway will be submitted to the state of Ohio for funding through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program.

He said the Maumee Valley Planning Organization will submit the grant application for the township.

If successful, Co. Rd. F will be redone using a “grind-andfill” method, in which the old road surface will be ground off, recycled, then reapplied.

He said the estimated cost for grind-and-fill resurfacing is $248,000. The maximum grant under the ARRA is $250,000.

Leupp said he was aware of only two road projects in the county being submitted for ARRA grant funding.

All trustees were present, and all votes were unanimous.

The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 13, 7 pm, at the township building.