A Voice In Whiteford - Walter Ruhl  TWP Supervisor
Dec 28, 2014
Here we are ready to greet another New Year
What does the new year have in store for Whiteford Township?   Also what have we accomplished in 2014?  Lets look!

The Sewer Project  
This project is 99.9% complete.  There a couple of loose ends but for the most part it is in and working good. The big lesson we learned is don't work in the worst winter in recent history.  That caused a lot of trouble for the people doing the project and delays also.  

The Water Project:
In 2015 we will get started on the project.  USDA Rural Development wants us to increase the scope of the project to sell more water and keep the unit cost down.  We are not exactly sure what this means but we will have a meeting with USDA Rural Development and give them 3 options and let them tell us what they are willing to pay for.  They have said they will maintain the Grant to loan Ratio of 76% grant and 24% loan.  After this meeting I will announce what the project will cost and how much area we will cover. 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 to the system?  Please e-mail me and let me know your thoughts.  wruhl@juno.com.  I doubt if we can complete the project in 2015 but it should be close.  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 10 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 but 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.  
In 2015 we hope to improve the placement of the electricity and possibly build a pavillion.  We will keep improving the parts of the park property that needs to be leveled to be useful.  We will be replacing 2 trees that didn't make it near the main driveway.  We need about 4 more trees along that drive and then get plaques made in honor of the people who donated money for that purpose.  As 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 next year with setup on the 11th, the show will be on the 12 and 13 of September.  Consignment auction items will be accepted on Thursday September 10th.  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 Helicopter will be on site on Sunday and  possibly a ProMedica's Helicopter also.  The Fire Department will have a Water Ball fight on Sunday and the Smoke House for the kids. Please figure 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 starts to grow.   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 have had some young people from Ohio doing damage to the park this fall.  That is why we have had the gates closed in the past.  We are trying to make it more difficult to damage the park.  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  $11,000.00 
10. Walking trails throughout the park.  $10,000 
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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