Wyandot County Commissioners Mike Wheeler and Steve Seitz met with Tom Bartman, of Care Caskets, and Tim Kwiatkowski, of Ohio Scenic Rivers, on Monday to discuss the removal of ash trees at Indian Mill Park.
Due to the county merely caring for the park and not owning it, the commissioners needed permission from Ohio Scenic Rivers prior to cutting any trees.
“Tim Kwiatkowski oversees the land and if we were going to cut any trees, we had to have his permission,” Seitz said. “We looked at all of the ash (trees) there. Care Caskets wanted to cut them down. There are large trees in the park that are dead and we were going to have to pay to cut them down, but now (Care Caskets) will cut them down and use the logs. It’s a win-win situation. The logs will get used and go into making caskets and we won’t have to pay to get them cut down.
“The only downside is that it won’t happen for a month or so, because we have to have an official letter from Ohio Scenic Rivers and it has to go through all of the government red tape,” he added.
Bartman also agreed to cut down portions of other trees, which are hanging or are broken and dangerous.
In other news, the Wyandot County Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center released its March report, which averaged 70 residents per day during the month, up from 69 in February. Of the residents, 23 were private, 48 were Medicaid and seven were Medicare.
The month saw $356,452.81 of revenue and $386,171.13 of expenditures, both about 72 percent of the usage in 2011.
By PATRICK MASSARA