Trustees seek clean Ohio grant
Howland looks to buy 120 acres of wetland
HOWLAND — Township trustees on Thursday approved submitting an application for a Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation grant for purchasing 120 acres of land between state Routes 82 and 46 to the north of North River Road to expand an existing corridor of protected lands.
The area is known as the Mosquito Creek Wetlands Extension.
Township Administrator Darlene St. George said the wetland area off North River Road is adjacent to a wetland area already owned by the township. She said property owners have asked the township if they would like to purchase the land.
The matching grant will cover the bulk of the costs for the land, which is $300,000, or $2,500 per acre for 120 acres.
The property includes more than a one-half mile of Mosquito Creek frontage as these natural assets are consistent with the land use priorities presented in the township comprehensive plan developed in 2010.
Officials said once acquired, the township intends to encumber the 120-acre property with a conservation easement that will be held in the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, ensuring the protection of the open green space.
The Ohio Public Works Commission administers financial assistance for conservation purposes through the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation program.
Trustees also recapped 2018, including business and residential growth such as a new noodle shop to be located at North River Road and state Route 46 and a new housing development known as The Seasons. The new Meijer store is also planned on Route 46.
In other business, trustees:
• Reappointed William Beinecke to the zoning commission and Brendan Keating to the zoning appeals board, both through December 2023;
• Appointed Heidi Mock to the board of appeals to fill the unexpired term of Samuel Bluedorn through December 2022. Bluedorn resigned from the board effective Dec. 31. Mock had previously served as an alternate to the appeals board;
• Entered into a contract with Grace Services Inc. at $2,045 for weed control for township ditches and retention ponds and cemeteries;
• Approved Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP, O’Halloran and Ohanian LLC, and Albers and Albers to provide legal services on an as-needed basis;
• Set meetings for 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the township administration building.