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Published: Thursday, 1/9/2014 - Updated: 2 years ago

Sound barrier sought by residents near Ohio Turnpike

At the Perrysburg Township trustee meeting, Gary Britten is sworn in as a township trustee by Perrysburg Municipal Judge Molly Mack. At the Perrysburg Township trustee meeting, Gary Britten is sworn in as a township trustee by Perrysburg Municipal Judge Molly Mack.
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Perrysburg Township residents have asked for a sound barrier next to the Ohio Turnpike and township officials may seek state funding for the project.

Wood County Engineer Ray Huber told the township trustees at a meeting Wednesday that he has a petition signed by 160 township residents seeking the noise abatement. He said he would support the effort but has no funding to help toward the project.

Township Administrator Walt Celley said the township would apply for the funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation's Turnpike Mitigation Program.

The state mitigation program allocates about $5 million a year, with a maximum of $1 million for a single project. Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of turnpike and ODOT representatives. Applications are due Jan. 31 for projects to be built in 2015 and 2016.

In other township news, trustees set a tentative timetable to put a zoning initiative on the November ballot.

Mr. Celley said there will be 10 meetings with a few agencies, from Jan. 15 until June 4, regarding the initiative to assign zoning based on usage to areas that currently on unzoned. The meetings would allow for community input.

Some key meetings are a March 10 public hearing held by the township's zoning commission, a May 21 public hearing before the township trustees, and a June 4 trustees vote on adoption of the zoning resolution.

"It has been 10 years since it has been on the ballot, I think it is time to put it on again," trustee Craig LaHote said.

Gary Britten and Bob Mack were both sworn in again to as trustees Wednesday, after being re-elected in November. Perrysburg Municipal Court Judge Molly Mack, who is Mr. Mack's wife, swore in the trustees.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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