Portage Township trustees have taken an unused garage area and made it a community room.
It will be available to residents for private gatherings such as birthday parties, reunions and other family gatherings.
The town-owned garage previously received sporadic use but it was essentially a two-car garage to hold family activities.
The trustees decided to make the room more suitable for the residents’ use. In the fall of 2013, the garage doors were removed and replaced with windows.
A new heating and cooling system was installed over the winter and the service area was enclosed behind a wall.
And with the help of a $1,195 grant awarded to the township by the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District, a suspended ceiling was installed.
With the exception of the installation of the heating/cooling system, all labor was performed by the two full-time township employees.
The hall is available to Portage Township residents free of charge for personal, non-commercial activities. It is expected that the hall will be left in a clean and tidy manner after its use. Residents are required to sign a usage agreement which can be downloaded from the township website www.portagetownship.net.
Residents interested in scheduling the use of the hall should contact trustee Drew Surovjak at 419-341-5445.