A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor
Sept 2, 2015
Summer is almost Gone! What is happening in Whiteford Township
The Sewer Project:
If there is anyone near the sewer that wants to hook up to it, Please come into my office and see how it can be done.
The Water Project:
We have the letter of commitment from USDA Rural Development for the funding.  We got the grant and loan as presented we will be able to sell water for $5 per thousand gallons.  Before the project can be started we must have 2 public hearings and pass 4 resolutions.  We have to meet the letter of conditions then we can proceed.
The Roads are the next concern:
We were able to seal about 14 miles of roads in 2015.
We will be sealing around 10 miles of road next summer, also we are working on funding that will allow us to crush and pave Beck Road from Head-O-Lake to Memorial Highway.
The Cemetery:
Carol Ruhl has the majority of the cemetery entered in the computer; now she will tackle the older parts that have no records. You may see her out there taking notes so we know who is buried where.  This has been a big project.
Whiteford Stone Co. Park
We were able to get some dirt this summer.  This is a start to get the last of the park in usable order.  We will need more.
We have had a donation of 100+ Blue Spruce trees from Mark Brant.
Mike Jones of MITRP, John Jones of Georgetown Steel have donated in excess of $200 worth of time each, for the planting.  Buck & Knobby Equipment provided a Mini Excavator to dig holes at a value of $200.  Jim and Jan Dunmyer, Don Sahloff, Dan Briskey and I all donated labor.
We are getting set up to water the trees if need be.  I think this makes a great improvement for our park.  However 7 trees have been stolen from the park.
We are making improvements by adding new outlets  making the electricity more available to the people.
We may finish the fence this year if the budget allows.
We will continue to level dirt as we have it to level.
We will be getting 4 more trees along the drive and then get plaques made to honor the people who donated money for that purpose.
When we get the pavilion built and the area around the new flagpole looking nice with benches we will put plaques on the benches that the people paid for.
Your Park is getting better! 
Things that have been accomplished:
  •  Please notice the 8 acres that are filled and level.  this will become a  soccer fields as soon as grass is established.
  •   Also notice the nice walking trails around and through the woods.
  •   Before the show we will have a start on the perimeter walking trail out     by the fence
  •  The main drive and paths to the concession stand are paved.
  •  Gates have been installed along Sterns Road thanks to Bill Hill.  The    post holes were drilled by Toledo Caisson
  •  The field along sterns has been filled and leveled.
  •  Pat and Bob Schnipke have donated the flagpole and flag.
Most of the improvements you see are a combination of donations and township money.  The dirt that has been hauled in is at no cost to the township.  We just pay to have it leveled.
As most of you know, the 14 acres of woods is being managed by “The Nature Conservancy”.  We have renewed the contract with the Nature Conservancy so they can continue to manage the 14 acres.  they have made great improvements in that area and the walking trails allow people to enjoy that area.
We are applying for a grant to install cameras to catch vandals.
“Whiteford Community Days” will be at Whiteford Stone Co. Park again this year.  We will have a bigger and better show this year.  There will be a consignment Auction starting at 9am. For entertainment we are having the Saline Fiddlers, The Retro Rhythm Kings and the Fossil Creek Band on Saturday, along with an adult softball tournament.
On Sunday we have Whiteford Wesleyan Church at 11AM followed by a Puppet Show at 12:15 Whiteford Choir and Band will be up next.  The Sheriff Helicopter will be on site on Sunday and possible a Pro-Media Helicopter.
The fire Department will have the Smoke House for the kids all weekend long, along with their newest equipment for all to see.  Go say hello and thanks to your volunteers. 
Please plan on spending part of the weekend with us and enjoy your park.
We have renewed the agreement with Summerfield Township and Petersburg for coverage by a contract sheriff for 12 more months.  How do you think this is working?  Have you noticed any more coverage?  Please call with comments.
We need your support to keep moving forward.

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