A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor
June 16, 2015
 Summer is here, what is happening in Whiteford Township?

The Sewer Project  
The sewer project is 100% complete.  The only problem we are having is a faulty meter that no one wants to take responsibility for.  Our Attorneys will get to the bottom of this.     

The Water Project:
In 2015 we will get started on the project.  USDA Rural Development has the plan to increase the scope of the project to sell more water and keep the unit cost down.  As it stands, we will be able to sell water for $5 per thousand gallons. We have a well on Beck Road and that well will produce more than enough water for what ever size project they want us to do.  If you were offered good public water would you be interested in hooking up to the system?  Please e-mail me and let me know your thoughts at wruhl@juno.com.  I know we can't complete the project in 2015, but we should get started.  If you have questions please call.

The Roads are the next concern:
Isn't St. Anthony Road nice!  Thanks to Dale Zorn for getting the money for that project.

We were able to seal about 14 miles of roads in 2014.

We will be sealing around 12. miles of road this coming summer, then in 2016 we will be crushing and paving 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
If you have driven past the park in the recent past you will see the new fence along Sterns Road and down Whiteford Road.  We have leveled the ground along Sterns and we are still taking dirt so we can make the rest of the unusable park property usable.  

We have had a donation of 100+ Blue Spruce trees from Mark Brant.  Mike Jones of MITRP, John Jones of George Town Steel, have donated labor in excess of $200 each for help in planting.  Knobbys Equipment Company provided a Mini Excavator to dig the holes valued at $200.  Jim and Jan Dunmyer, Don Sahloff, Dan Briskey, and I all donated labor.  We are getting setup to be able to water the trees. I think this is a great improvement for our park.  

In 2015 we hope to improve the placement of the electricity and possibly finish the fence.  If anyone has any good ideas on keeping the cars in the parking area please give me a call; this needs to be done. We will keep improving the parts of the park property that need to be leveled to be useful.  We will be getting about four more trees along the drive, and then get plaques made in honor of the people who donated money for that purpose.  When we get the pavilion built and the area decorated around the new flagpole, We will put plaques on benches that the people paid for.  

 "Community Days and the Antique Power Show" was moved to  Whiteford Stone Co. Park this year.  The show was a success with nearly 2000 people attending. We were able to get Buck & Knobby Inc to sponsor the gate so there was no charge to come in. We will be having the show at the park again this year with setup on September 11; the show will be on the 12th and 13th of September.  Consignment auction items will be accepted on Thursday September 10.  We will try to have a bigger and better show this year.  For entertainment we are having Milan Fiddlers, Mt Fuji and the Eruptions, and The Fossil Creek Band on Saturday, along with an adult Softball Tournament. Whiteford School Band and Choir will be preforming also.  The Sheriff's Helicopter will be on site on Sunday and  possibly a ProMedica Helicopter.   The Fire Department will be putting on demonstrations and the Smoke House for the kids. Please plan on spending the day with us at the park. 
Your Park is getting better!  Things that were accomplished:  Please notice the new 8 acres of nice level dirt that can make soccer fields when the grass gets better established.   Also notice the nice walking trails around and through the woods.  We have managed to get the main driveway and walking paths to the ball diamonds cold paved by letting the Monroe County Road Commission mix the material for the roads in the parking lot.   The latest improvements are the gates along Sterns Rd., made by Bill Hill. The post holes were drilled by Toledo Caisson.  Also filling of holes in the field along Sterns Road is new.   There is also a new flag pole donated by Bob and Pat Schnipke.   Most of the improvements you see are a combination of donations and paying for material.  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 between Nature Conservancy and Whiteford Township so they can continue to manage the 14 acres. They have made great improvements in that area and we put walking trails through the woods for people to enjoy.  We are applying for a grant to install cameras to catch the vandals.    You may be asking “What can I do to help?”  We have many needs; however, they are mostly for money for specific projects.  If you can help, any amount can be applied to a project. The projects include:  

1.  A well for irrigation and flushing toilets. The cost is about $4000.00 
2.  Irrigation equipment  $3500.00 
3. Flush toilets installed  $4000.00    
4. Pump and haul septic system  $3000.00 
5. Pavilion $25,000.00                    
6. Playground equipment  $60,000.00 
7. Soccer field equipment  $7500.00 
8. Disk golf course  $12,000.00 
9. Perimeter fencing  $15,000.00 
10. Walking trails throughout the park.  $10,000.00 
11. Fenced dog area for off leash dog walks   $3000.00 
12. A lot more dirt and grading.   
13. Signs to describe what you are seeing of interest in the woods.  $2000.00 14. Security cameras to stop vandalism. 
15. Shade trees and gardens 
16. Sun shades for the dugout area for the ball fields. 
We know this cannot happen overnight but with a little help from the community and some grants, everyone will be surprised at the progress that can be made.  You may want to think about an Endowment to the park or an outright gift to help accomplish the project of your choice.

We have renewed the agreement with Petersburg for coverage by a contract Sheriff for the next 12 months.  How do you think this is working?  Have you noticed anymore coverage?  Please call me with comments.

We need your support to keep moving forward.

Walter Ruhl
Whiteford Township Supervisor.
This page is paid for by the personal funds of Walter Ruhl and all opinions given here are my opinions and are not representative of the Township Board.
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