Residents to voice sign opinions

Bascom is to receive new street signs in the coming weeks, and residents will have an opportunity to weigh in on them.

During a Hopewell Township Trustee meeting Monday, township employee Nathan Hohman brought forward the Bascom signing issue. In the past, signs have read township road number and specific block in the left hand corner. However, residents use specific street names such as Popular or Tiffin. County emergency services and postal services use the specific block number from the left hand corner.

The board discussed ideas regarding appearance. Trustee Richard Gosche suggested the issue be taken to the Bascom community and the motion was carried.

Residents were to give their opinions during a Seneca County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday in Bascom.

Meadowbrook manager Dick Freeborn reported a new sign made from 100 percent recycled materials has been installed. The sign is part of an ongoing educational program that teaches patrons values and uses of recycling. The sign contains the equivalent of 326 one-gallon milk jugs.

Bill McCallister of Seneca County Parks commissioners was present to introduce the parks’ ongoing strategic planning. He asked for suggestions on how to expand and better the parks. Freeborn suggested a partnership, to bring more programs to Meadowbrook. Freeborn and McCallister are to discuss the matter further. If a partnership is created, more programming may begin next year.

Trustee Lori Zoeller brought forward a letter from the township’s insurance provider giving the township the option to move its renewal date to December. This would allow township employees to lock in current coverage at an 8.6 precent premium increase for another year, and is to put off marketplace rates for a year. Zoeller said she had been in contact with Medical Mutual and the provider was unable to provide what marketplace rates were going to be, but felt rates were going to be much higher than the township,s current rates. The motion passed 2-1 for new renewal date.