In coming weeks, Oak Harbor Village Council is going digital. That is, the sound system used to record village council meetings and other public events is being updated after nearly two decades of service.
Council members have talked repeatedly over the years about replacing the TRAC double cassette tape system in place since the late 1990s. They’ve even tucked away money for the eventual change-over but never pushed for an upgrade, Councilman Jon Fickert has noted repeatedly at meetings.
That changed in the last quarter of 2014 when continued system malfunctions could not be overlooked anymore. Among the problems is members of the public who wanted to listen to recorded meetings could not because of device breakdowns.
“This unit is on its last legs,” new fiscal clerk Henry Jarrett told council at its first meeting of the year.
Late last year, council hired Torrence Sound System of Perrysburg to check out their old system and recommend a replacement.
On August 2, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Toledo issued a tap water ban to communities that consume city water after high levels of a toxin created by blue green algae was detected in samples taken from the Collins Park water treatment plant on the East Side.
Samples from the plant, which draws its water from the western basin of Lake Erie, the 12th largest freshwater lake in the world, showed that microcystin, produced by blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, was detected at 3 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the 1 ppb safety threshold established by the World Health Organization. The toxin, at high levels, can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals.
A safety consultant from Buckeye Firearms Association has been invited to a Jan. 24 workshop of the Lake school board to explain the association’s Faculty/Administrator Training & Emergency Response (FASTER) program.
The program offers training for school personnel in the event of an actual shooter on school property.
Tim Krugh, school board president, said that although some Lake district employees have permits to carry concealed weapons the board currently doesn’t authorize anyone to bring weapons on school property.
The board will make no decisions at the workshop, he said.
“We’re just looking for ways we can minimize the chance of a tragic shooting, with an eye on prevention,” Krugh said. “We want to look at all viable options and see what the program has to offer.”
Mark Hummer, chief of the Lake Township Police Department, and Steve Poiry, the department’s school resource officer, have been invited to the workshop, according to Krugh, who said any decision to loosen the board’s policy would be done in collaboration with the police department.
The Genoa school board is spending much of its time this month interviewing candidates for the superintendent’s position.
Board members met Wednesday and have scheduled meetings for Jan. 12, 19 and 21 for interviews, which are being held in executive session.
The current superintendent, Dennis Mock, has announced his intention to retire July 31.
The board also hosted a community forum Dec. 1 to gather public input on the search for a new superintendent.
The board will hold its organizational meeting Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. and then meet in regular session at 6 p.m. when it will turn its attention to the district’s financial condition and discuss placing another property tax levy on the ballot.
Last month, the board took the preliminary steps for going back to the ballot, approving resolutions of necessity for the renewal of a 5-mill, 5-year operating issue and a new emergency levy that will generate an additional $1.025 million a year if passed.
Walbridge Village Council heard the first reading Wednesday of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Ed Kolanko to enter into an agreement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for emergency dispatching service.
The village currently contracts for the service with Lake Township, which has also provided service for the City of Rossford until the city recently opted to contract with the sheriff’s department.
Mayor Kolanko on Thursday said the expected annual cost for a village agreement with the sheriff’s department is about $37,665.
There will be one-time, set-up costs associated with the transition, the mayor said.
Currently, the village is paying about $48,492 annually for the service with the township.
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