“There are two primary choices in life: to accept the conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”
– Dennis Waitley

Nelson Twp. – After the call to order and the Pledge of Allegiance minutes from the previous meeting were approved as corrected. During department reports the new Community House caretakers, Dan and Sandy Huzel were introduced to all in attendance.

There were three people scheduled for public comments at this meeting. Mr. Dolan presented information about health insurance costs and what some surrounding communities are doing. Trustees listened and interacted with him and other residents.

Mr. Ted Lysiak stated that an ad hoc committee has been started to address economic development in local communities. He is the superintendent of the Garfield Local School District.

Mr. Terhune presented information he gathered concerning the racetrack and things that still need to be done. The state still has to make clear guidelines before development can progress. Removal of the tires seems to be a big stumbling block to further progress.

Mr. Bonner presented and discussed his plan for applying for a Medical Marijuana License from the state to build a processing plant in Nelson Township. He and his partner answered questions and presented blueprints to the trustees. He asked for a resolution from the trustees to have permission to build. Trustees are planning to discuss this issue at the next meeting.

Brad Ehrhart from the Portage Development Board presented more information about the Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) and options for changing the existing CRA. Mr. Lysiak shared that both he and the school board support the CRA. He encouraged those in attendance to have a vision for the future.

The trustees have a lot of work and decisions ahead of them. There are decisions that will be made that will affect the future of Nelson Township. The trustee meetings are open to the public. The next scheduled meeting is for Wednesday April 19 at 7pm.