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Illegal Dumping In German Township



There have been cases of illegal dumping of refuse in German Township, said Bob Apger, German Township cemetery sexton.

Speaking to the German Township Trustees at their Monday, March 25 meeting, Apger said over the last three weeks, he’s noticed trash dumped along township roads.

At the Goll Woods cemetery, people have been dumping pickup truck-sized loads of refuse.

“They just back up, unload, and take off,” he said.

He’s found items ranging from old furniture to household trash.

“It’s a sad situation that we have to deal with that,” said Joe Short, president of the trustees. “I hope there’s no correlation between that and unlimited pickup in Archbold.”

For many years, the village of Archbold offered residents once-a-month unlimited pickup service.

At the start of 2019, the service was reduced to two bulk items once a month as a way to reduce expenses from the village general fund.

Residents may still have more than two bulk items picked up by A.R.S., Inc., the firm that picks up refuse in the village, but must pay for pickup based on an a la carte menu.

For example, having an appliance hauled away outside of the two-item limit would cost $25.

Short said Josh King, township road superintendent, and Jeff Aeschliman, township road maintenance worker, reported they hauled away a load of old tires that had been abandoned in the township.

Building

At their Monday, March 11 meeting, the trustees approved the purchase of a new storage building for Johnson Cemetery.

The trustees have discussed replacing the building for several years.

Options included having King and Aeschliman build a building over the winter months, or have either Archbold High School or Four County Career Center students construct the building.

However, each of those had drawbacks. Short said King and Aeschliman were too busy plowing snow to build a building.

Skip Leupp, trustee, said the AHS industrial arts program stopped doing such projects.

Four County students could construct the building, but there is about one year lead time.

Short said The Van Castle, rural Defiance, could provide a building 12 feet wide by 14 feet long, with steel roof and siding and a roll-up door, for $3,700.

The cost would include delivering the finished building via truck and placing it on the site. Once on the site, Van Castle workers will make adjustments so the building is level.

The building will come on skids; no foundation is needed.

Short said he asked a local contractor about building a similar building. The estimated cost was $5,000.

There are no sources in the township for such a building.

The old building has been struck by vehicles, required repainting and roof repair, and been damaged by woodpeckers.

The trustees selected light gray for the new building, with a white roof. Delivery is expected next month.

Grant

The trustees discussed the Ohio Public Works grant for repairs to Co. Rds. B and 24.

Keith Short, township fiscal officer, said around July 1, the trustees will receive an agreement for the grant to sign.

Under the grant program, the township will receive $206,250, which it must match dollar-for-dollar, for a total of $412,500.

If they choose, the trustees can take out an additional no-interest, 10-year loan for up to $137,500.

The money can be used to resurface and repair the two roads. The trustees plan to spend additional money to improve drainage on Co. Rd. B.

Short said the trustees can’t do any resurfacing or repair work before the agreement is signed, but they can have engineering and design work done, and start the drainage work.

Andy Brodbeck, trustee, was absent.

The next meeting is Monday, April 8, 7 pm, at the German Township building.



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