January & February 2013
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Member Highlight
Springfield Township

Springfield Township is a vibrant urban township in Lucas County, Ohio with 26,193 residents according to the last census. Last year, township residents celebrated their 175th anniversary with an historical art contest, a drama about their history, and a community-wide celebration at their state-of-the-art high school stadium. The celebration wrapped up with fireworks where the Glassman Drum and Bugle Corps debuted “Centauri,” a song specifically composed for the anniversary of Springfield Township.

Springfield Township is adjacent to western Toledo and is served by I-75/US-23. Residents also benefit from their close proximity to Toledo Express Airport and the Ohio Turnpike, located just five miles west of I-75. The township’s transportation infrastructure was a factor in attracting a new retail business: Art Van Furniture which is based in Michigan. Members of the Holland-Springfield Township Chamber of Commerce are excited that Spring Meadows will be Art Van’s first store in Ohio. The township believes this addition to the existing Furniture Row – Ashley Furniture and La-Z-Boy – will result in the area becoming a furniture hub for consumers.

In addition to a robust business and retail environment, Springfield Township residents enjoy the recreation and leisure of several community parks where families participate in sports leagues, take walks, fly a kite or even have their wedding in the gazebo near the pond.

Springfield Township is an active and long-time member of TMACOG. The township Zoning Inspector, Jacob Barnes, represents the community on the Environmental Council, and Director of Public Services Mike Hampton regularly attends the Stormwater Coalition. Administrator Leslie Kohli currently serves on the TMACOG Board of Trustees. She is also Vice Chair of the Stormwater Coalition and the Chair of the newly created Programming and Education Committee.

Trustees Andrew Glenn, Robert Bethel, and Marylin Yoder would like to thank TMACOG for working closely with them and the Lucas County Engineer in their efforts to show support for a transportation project that is desperately needed in Springfield Township and the Village of Holland. After disappointing delays, funding is now available for the McCord Rd. railroad grade separation project. TMACOG provided additional funding through the 2012 TIP to solidify the financial package. Work is slated for 2014. TMACOG and the Lucas County Engineer, Keith Earley, both testified on behalf of this project in Columbus, which the township believes was instrumental in solidifying the necessary funding.

1930 Township Hall Springfield Township Administrative Building, 2009.

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