Canal Lands Park Adoption

The Tuscarawas County Park Department recognizes the need and desirability of litter-free, brush-free and visually improved Canal Lands. An adoption program has been established for community civic organizations as well as private businesses and industry to contribute toward the effort of maintaining cleaner and more beautiful Canal Lands.

If you and your organization is interested in this program, you can click below for a pdf of the form. Also visit for more information on Tuscarawas County parks.

Get the form here: Canal Land Adoption Agreement

Compost Station

The compost station at the Lawrence Township Hall is currently closed for the 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.

Refer to the link below for Legal Notices.

Legal Notices

Electric Aggregation Program

Dear Lawrence Township Resident or Small Business Owner:

Lawrence Township has selected IGS Energy of Dublin, Ohio as the next supplier of electricity to participants in its Electric Aggregation Program for its next term.  You will continue to participate in the Lawrence Township Aggregation Program with IGS Energy as your supplier, unless you notify IGS Energy that you no longer wish to participate.

Under governmental aggregation, the Lawrence Township Trustees act on behalf of electric consumers in the community to negotiate an electric supply contract with an eligible provider.  Both the Township and IGS Energy have to be certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  The Township Trustees passed an ordinance to adopt the program after the Township voters approved its implementation on May 6, 2014.  The aggregation program for Lawrence Township will begin within one to two billing periods following your inclusion as a participant in the Township’s program and will continue through your February 2019 billing cycle.

Under this aggregation program, eligible residents and businesses in the Township will pay a price of 5.65 cents per kWh through the February 2019 billing cycle.  There is no cost to enroll and you will not be charged a switching fee.  IGS Energy’s price applies to the generation portion of your bill.  If you are ever unhappy with your service or rate from IGS Energy, you may cancel free of charge at any time and return to AEP at a rate and terms that may or may not be the same as what other AEP customers pay.

Under this aggregation, AEP will continue to maintain the wires system that delivers power to your home or business.  You will still contact AEP regarding loss of power service or for any other concerns or issues having to do with your electric service.  You will continue to receive a single bill from AEP for your electric service with our IGS Energy rate included.

If you are not with Lawrence Township aggregate program with IGS Energy or AEP and you are in a program that is ending, you may call IGS Energy at 1-877-353-0162 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to be added to the aggregate program.  You may also call Trebell LLC at 1-877-861-2772, Lawrence Township Aggregate Program consultants.

Natural Gas Aggregation Program

The Township has chosen Volunteer Energy Services, Inc. (VESI), an Ohio based corporation, to provide you with natural gas through the February 2019 billing cycle. VESI has offered to provide natural gas to Aggregation Members at a monthly rate of $0.1265 per Ccf plus the monthly NYMNEX Price for the delivery month. In addition, there are no early termination penalties if you decide to leave this offer.

For billing, reporting natural gas outages, or to have budgeted billing please call Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077. To join the aggregation program you can reach Volunteer Energy Services, Inc. at 1-800-977-8374.

Questions regarding the aggregation program, how to join the program or any questions, regarding your specific existing energy services can be directed toward the Townships consultant Scott Belcastro of Trebel, LLC at 1-877-861-2772.

River Community Park – Wilkshire Boulevard Trail Project

The Tuscarawas County Trail and Green Space Plan will eventually encompass 25 trail and greenspace projects, 87 miles of hiking and biking trails, 482 acres of green space, and 148 miles of scenic roadways throughout the nine watershed communities in Tuscarawas County. Lawrence Township is proposing the River Community Park – Wilkshire Boulevard Trail as a major component of this Plan.

approximate path of the proposed River Community Park - Wilkshire Blvd. TrailAlready in place at River Community Park are basketball courts, which are used often during spring, summer and fall months. The Trail portion of the River Community Park project will consist of approximately 11,380 feet of an asphalt concrete multi-purpose trail 10 feet in width for hiking and biking. Beginning with a half mile long circular trail near the basketball courts, it will surround the park, with a link to the Ohio Erie Canal Trail going underneath SR 212 at the Tuscarawas River.  The rest of the trail will run from the river parallel to Wilkshire Boulevard, culminating at Hess Mill Road; in essence tying Bolivar, Wilkshire Hills and Zoar together via one trail.

In addition to the trail on the northeast side of Wilkshire Blvd., there will be a 400′ long parking area between the intersection of Bimeler Street and Tuscarawas County Metropolitan Sewer District. This gravel parking area will serve both users of the trail and future public athletic fields across Wilkshire Boulevard.

The total round trip on this trail, including the current Fort Laurens Trail will be 8-9 miles. Projected cost for the project is $656,417.00. No general fund monies of Lawrence Township will be used. Funding will come from grants the Township is currently seeking from ODOT Transportation Alternative Program, ODNR NatureWorks/Land and Water Conservation Fund/Recreation Trail Program, and money already allocated to the project from funding sources, including the Community Benefit Fund.

Click on the map for a larger version of the proposed path of the Trail.

Bolivar-Dam-BriefBolivar Dam Briefing

Ken Woodard, 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 will last up to 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