Hopewell prepares for summer

BASCOM – During their regular meeting Monday evening, Hopewell Township trustees discussed plans to open Meadowbrook Park and seal township roads.

Park Manager Troy Breidenbach announced Meadowbrook Park is to be open for campers starting Tuesday. Breidenbach said he has prepared the water lines for the pool and patched a small hole in the roof of Oak Shelter, which had been hit by a falling tree.

Breidenbach also announced the park still is looking to hire two lifeguards.

Park Engineer Dick Freeborn received artifacts of Meadowbrook Park history and expressed hopes to eventually have a space to display the township’s growing collection of park memorabilia.

Trustees also discussed plans to buy 20 pallets of road sealant in preparation for the summer. Last year, according to road superintendent Nathan Hohman, the township purchased 10 pallets of sealant and only three remain.

Since many of the township roads are in poor condition, trustees are to purchase the 20 additional pallets, for an approximate cost of $22,880. Trustees approved funds to be moved into the budget already allotted for road sealing materials. At the top of the road sealing priority list, according to Trustee Jim Clouse, is TR 118.

Hohman also discussed plans to officially inventory all of the township’s road signs, in accordance with a county engineer’s office suggestion.

Zoning inspector Bryan Sendelbach said he has been receiving more phone calls than usual, and hopes to bolster the township’s online resources to answer frequently asked questions about zoning.

The board is to meet meet at 7:30 p.m. April 21.