Our Lima Township board meeting for September 2020 was held online, virtually, using Zoom, web access, and phone. All elected board members were online, as well as our board-appointed interim trustee.
Good news for the Trinkle road widening project – the board voted to accept the bid of C. D. Hughes Excavation Company to do the work, with the county road commission overseeing the entire project. The hill on Trinkle road east of the Chelsea High School driveway is to be widened and cut down to make it a safer passageway for traffic and pedestrians. This project should be completed by the end of the year. I support keeping Lima Township roads safe and in good repair.
The other big issue was to pay engineering and architectural firms approximately $18,000 to start producing drawings of a new town hall. According to the building committee, the estimated cost of building a new 5,000 square foot town hall could be $1.5 million. This committee was appointed by the supervisor, not elected by the board or voters.
I have served as trustee on the Lima Township board for 4 years, and have received feedback to not go ahead with building this expensive town hall, especially with the COVID pandemic upsetting our world.
Common sense would be to wait until the economy has recovered and all businesses have reopened. Many more people are voting via absentee ballot, resulting in fewer people at the township hall to vote. The COVID pandemic has resulted in a recession, lowering the amount of revenue received from the state.
Committing the $18,000 of TAXPAYER MONEY to the engineering and architectural firms in these uncertain times is a mistake. The people of Lima Township voted me in as supervisor in the primary, and my platform then is the same as now, so the voters are not in favor of this project at this time.
The voting to approve this expenditure was as follows: Duane Luick, trustee, Nanette Havens, treasurer voted no. Craig Maier, present supervisor, Elaine Bater, clerk, and temporary interim trustee David Hensel voted yes.
Please let your board members know how you stand on this decision. The board members that voted yes on this proposal were not listening to the wishes of the majority of Lima Township residents.
Lima Township trustee, supervisor-elect