Donations of Trees for Walking Trail

Lawrence Township is accepting tree donations along the walking trail.

You may contact a nursery of your choice. You will select a tree from the list below and purchase the tree making sure that the nursery will also be planting the tree. The nursery will contact Lawrence Township and be provided a location acceptable for the tree to be planted.

Lawrence Township will not purchase the tree on your behalf or plant the tree. We will only provide the acceptable location for the tree to be planted. Lawrence Township is not responsible for the life of the tree.

List of acceptable trees:

  • SMALL TREES: Improved flowering crabapples; Redbud; Winterking Hawthorn; Paperbark Maple; Serviceberry; Japanese Tree Lilac
  • MEDIUM TREES: Red Maple Cultivars including Pacific Sunset, Red Pointe, Crimson King Norway Maple, Zelkova, European Hornbeam.
  • LARGE TREES: Red Oak, Sugar Maple, Gingko; Honeylocust, Hybrid Elm, Kentucky Coffeetree.

Download a printable list by clicking this link. Walking_Trail_Tree_Donation.

Businesses can apply for 4 new grant programs

Businesses can apply for 4 new grant programs. Click image for an interactive pdf.

Four New Grant Programs Available for Businesses

The state of Ohio is now accepting applications for four grant programs that target businesses that have suffered significant losses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a pdf with more information and links to each new program.

Safety Town 2021

Safety Town 2021

Lawrence Twp. was happy to play a part in hosting the first annual Safety Town event. The event was held June 18, 2021 at the Lawrence Twp. River Community Park walking path near the basketball courts for children ages 4 to 7.

Special thanks to the Bolivar Rotary Club, Bolivar Police Dept., Ohio Billing, the Tuscarawas Sheriff’s Dept., and the Bolivar Fire Dept, who received a grant from the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics and was able to offer free bike helmets to the first 75 registrations. Bolivar Sportsman’s Club donated multiple brand new bicycles which were raffled off.

The event was a great success, and we hope to be a part of next year’s event! View more photos by clicking here.



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Compost Station

The compost station at the Lawrence Township Hall is now open for the 2021 season.

Residents of Lawrence Twp. are permitted to bring grass clippings, leaves and light brush less than 4 feet in length for disposal when the compost is open. No commercial yard waste will be accepted.

Hours of operation are seven days a week, dawn to dusk. The compost site closes for winter each year. The decision will be made by the Board of Trustees and will be posted here for re-opening date.

Chip Seal Fact Sheet

The following information is courtesy of the Ohio Department of Transportation. Visit for more info.

“Chip Sealing” is a common pavement maintenance practice that extends pavement life and provides a good driving surface.  Since some ODOT customers may not be familiar with the chip seal construction method, this fact sheet answers some frequently asked questions.

How are Chip Seals Different from Asphalt Overlays?

The difference is in the construction method.  Hot Mix Asphalt pavement is produced by heating liquid asphalt and mixing it with aggregate, with the mix then spread and compacted to form a durable road structure and riding surface.  Chip Sealing uses the same ingredients as asphalt concrete paving, but the construction method is different.  With chip seals, a thin film of heated asphalt liquid is sprayed on the road surface, followed by the placement of small aggregates (“chips”).  The chips are then compacted to orient the chips for maximum adherence to the asphalt, and excess stone is swept from the surface.  The ingredients of hot mix asphalt and chip seals are the same; only the construction methods are different.

Why Use Chip Seals?

  1. Chip seals provide ODOT with the opportunity to maintain the roads for very low cost.
  2. A chip seal is about one fourth to one fifth the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay.
  3. By extending the time between asphalt overlays, chip seals result in lower costs over the long term.
  4. By placing a chip seal sooner than an asphalt overlay would be placed, the traveling public benefits from roads maintained in better condition.
  5. Chip Seals eliminate the need to crack seal.
  6. Chip seals enhance safety by providing good skid resistance.
  7. Chip seals provide an effective moisture barrier for the underlying pavement against water intrusion by sealing cracks in the pavement.
  8. Chip seals prevent deterioration of the asphalt surface from the effects of aging and oxidation due to water and sun.
  9. ODOT has successfully used chip seals for over 25 years to maintain state routes.
  10. Chip seals are used only on low traffic routes, less than 2500 vehicles per day.
  11. Chip seals virtually eliminate black ice.
  12. In hot weather, chip seals re-seal cracks by flowing back together.

How Are Chip Seals Placed?

First, the road surface needs to be properly cleaned of debris and any holes patched.  Next, an asphalt distributor truck starts by spraying each lane with hot liquid asphalt to assure an even application.  The asphalt used is applied at a temperature between 150 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit.  A chip spreader follows as rapidly as possible with a rock application, preferably within one minute.  The asphalt must be fluid so the rock will be embedded by the displacement of the asphalt.  The rocks are an aggregate crushed to a special specification for size and cleanliness.  Next, a rubber-tire roller is used to set the rock into the liquid asphalt.  Rolling orients the flat sides of the rock down and produces a tighter chip seal.  It takes two to four passes of the roller to set the rock.  Sweeping is done at the completion of the chip seal process to remove surplus rock from the surface.  This loose rock can grind and loosen rock set in the chip seal and damage the project.  Sweeping is done within 4 hours of the rolling operation, and typically again a day or two later.

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Electric and Natural Gas Aggregation Programs

Visit this link for information on Lawrence Township’s utility suppliers.

Water Quality/Water Safety

Visit the links below for information from the Tuscarawas County Health Department.

Direct link to the Site review application and process

Bolivar Dam Briefing

Ken WoodarBolivar-Dam-Briefd, P.E., PMP – Project manager for USACE Huntington District, provided a presentation to the Lawrence Township Trustees at the early June 2014 meeting. His program provided insights on the construction at and around Bolivar Dam that began in June, and lasted under four years.

Dam safety concerns, recently completed work, explanations of the new seepage barrier and grout curtain, along with road closings, timelines and access areas that will remain open can be found by clicking this link: Bolivar-Dam-briefing-for-Lawrence-Twp website

To contact the Army Corps of Engineers, call Brian Maka, Public Affairs Officer, at 304-399-5550; or email