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When Toledo city council voted unanimously to approve selling the Marina District to Chinese developers last week, Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan enterprises could not have been prouder.
 
His clients, Yuan Xiahong and Wu King Hung of Dashing Pacific Group, are also impressed with the 12-0 vote, Prephan said.
 
“It came about quite nicely. It was a great day. A unanimous vote — that doesn’t happen too often in Toledo, does it?” Prephan said.

Toledo is in the national news again, and this time it’s because of a pending $200 to $300 investment by Chinese developers into a 69 acre parcel of land on the east side.
 
Last week, an article in the New York Times announced to the nation that the Chinese firm Dashing Pacific Group will develop the Marina District property along the Maumee River across from downtown Toledo.
 
“My phone is ringing off the hook. People from all over the country are calling,” said Scott Prephan of Perrysburg-based Prephan Enterprises, which represents the Chinese developers.
 
“An article came out in the New York Times — nice article — picture and everything. It’s pretty nice to be a part of it,” added Prephan.
 
Deputy Mayor Dean Monske, the former executive director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, said it was no accident.

The EF-4 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties on June 6, 2010 destroyed 100 homes, killed seven people, destroyed Lake High School, and forced families to rebuild homes.

Since that night one year ago, businesses along its route have also had to rebuild.

At least four businesses along State Route 795 suffered damage, and a Mexican restaurant sits near the rebuilt Lake Township Administration Building still looking much like it did after the tornado hit.

Northwood City Council has decided it wants the fire chief position to be full-time, reversing its previous support that the position be part time.

Council voted 6-1 to advertise for a full time fire chief at a May 26 meeting.

The Safety Committee is now recommending that the position be full-time, according to Councilman Randy Kozina, a member of the Safety Committee.

Meeting in a special session Tuesday, the Lake school board has approved a revised five-year forecast that includes more than $1 million in spending cuts for the fiscal year starting July 1.

A major portion of the spending cuts will be realized through attrition of personnel and a new contract with the Wood County Educational Service Center, which provides the district with services for its special education program.

Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said three teachers who are retiring won’t be replaced for the 2011-12 school year.

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