Springfield Township trustees cleared the way for the Maumee Valley Broadcasting Association, a station that broadcasts as WPOS-FM (102.3) from studios at 7112 Angola Rd., to begin expansion to offer a day-care facility at the site.
The trustees approved a rezoning request Aug. 2 that would allow the facility to use a vacant building behind the broadcasting center for the day care.
The station's initial request for a change from R-A to C-2 was modified during the meeting to C-1 zoning for conditional use, a designation considered more acceptable to neighbors, Trustee Andy Glenn said. No objections were voiced at the meeting, he said.
The trustees also gave unanimous, final approval to a resolution that will place a 3-mill, five-year tax issue on the Nov. 3 ballot for police protection.
Mr. Glenn said that if the measure is approved, trustees will begin searching for a long-term plan for police protection.
The levy would raise $1.7 million a year and pay for round-the-clock patrols by sheriff's deputies who would be under contract to the township.
The issue arose after Lucas County Sheriff James Telb told townships that if they wanted police patrols, they would have to begin pay the sheriff or another entity or operate their own police departments, because of the county's budget restrictions.
Mr. Glenn said Springfield Township's revenue collections are about $900,000 less than anticipated, which means the township cannot afford to pay deputies without a levy.
“We really don't have a choice,” Mr. Glenn said of the tax which would cost the owner of a $100,000, owner-occupied home $92 a year. “We need a levy to pay for it.”