address speeding on Eberhart Road

address speeding on Eberhart Road

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A resident of Eberhart Road asked the Lawrence Township Board of Trustees for help at the June 9 meeting, saying there has been an unusually high incidence of speeding on the road just outside of Zoar.

The board agreed to ask sheriff’s deputy Heath Manbeck to bump up his patrolling of the area and said they would look into conducting a speed study.

Bolivar Fire Chief Shawn Lynch said Bolivar Fire Department’s board will meet June 21. He anticipates the villages of Bolivar and Zoar to approve the mutual-use agreement with the township regarding the new fire truck being purchased.

Road Superintendent Chuck McNutt presented the board with asphalt bids received through the Tuscarawas County Engineer’s Office. The board voted to accept the bid of $202,811 from Newton Asphalt.

McNutt also presented bids for chip and seal work. Trustees voted to accept Melway Paving Company’s bid of $115,500.

In zoning matters

Zoning inspector Ron Weekley is looking into possible construction on Middle Run Road. Weekley also reported the owner of the abandoned house on Sherman Church Road of obtaining quotes to have the house torn down. The house had been discussed in previous meetings as a nuisance attracting teenagers and potential illegal activity.

Weekley said the owner of the condos on County Road 103 has put a straw barrier in place to prevent mud from spilling out onto the road.

Weekley also reported on two other problematic properties previously discussed. He said the property on Hess Mill Road is now in foreclosure, and the property on Millbrook Square is going into foreclosure. If the Millbrook Square property is not mowed by June 16, trustees voted to mow it and access property taxes for payment.

In other business

Fiscal officer Ann Ackerman notified trustees that a second primary election will be held Aug. 2, and the township building will be used as a polling place.

Administrative assistant Martina Mann advised trustees of opportunities to receive grants for broadband internet in underserved areas of the township. The Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program was established by state legislators in May 2021. Mann said she will investigate the program further, but in the meantime residents can access information at broadbandohio.gov.

Trustees voted to do the following:

—Allow an expenditure of up to $500 to purchase high-visibility safety clothing for summer workers.

—Move Bruce Neighbor from the position of alternate to a member of the board of zoning appeals.

—Purchase of a new phone system for $3,220 from Staley Technologies.

—Replace a previous resolution with a new one requesting the county auditor to certify a five-year road tax levy of 2 mills beginning in the tax year 2023 and collected in 2024.

The next meeting will be Thursday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at Charles E. Lundenberger Hall, 10867 Industrial Parkway NW, Bolivar.