The Press Newspaper
Nearly 200 people made their way into Morrison R. Waite High School’s cafeteria to listen to Toledo Public School officials present its “Transformation Plan” last week.
The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on where the state’s public trust authority begins and ends along the Lake Erie shoreline.
In 2009, the 11th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled property lines change with the water level and that land beneath the water is open to the public and land above the waterlines belongs to lakefront property owners.
The appeals court wrote that by setting the boundary at the water’s edge it was recognizing the private property rights of the landowners and also providing for the public use of Lake Erie and the land under the waters when submerged.
“The water’s edge provides a readily discernible boundary for the both the public and littoral landowners,” the appeals court ruled.
Last year, Northwood struggled with reduced revenue that sparked lay-offs and other budget tightening measures, to improve its financial condition. It also put a proposed income tax rate increase on the ballot, which was defeated by voters.
By the end of the year, the city had collected revenue that was approximately $500,000 more than the previous year, thanks to the austere budget cuts.
As the area continues to reel from the economic recession, the city is hoping to change course with a plan that sets goals for the future.
Juvenile Center re-accredited
A two-day audit of the center was conducted in August 2010 and the accreditation was formally approved Jan. 29, Judge Woessner said the facility received a score of 100 percent on all of the standards.
The center serves Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, VanWert, Williams, and Wood counties.
Judge Woessner is the administrative judge of the center.
Regular office hours will resume Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m.
The Woodmore school board will be making spending cuts, the only question is when and how deep they’ll be.
Superintendent John Fernbaugh said the board has pledged to hold off on implementing major spending cuts until the district has a clearer idea of how much state aid the district will lose in the next biennium budget.
The board last week approved a resolution to place a 3.95-mill, 5-year emergency levy on the May 3 ballot. If voters pass the levy it will generate approximately $600,000 annually for the district, which is facing a deficit in the general fund by July 1, 2012.
For planning purposes, Fernbaugh said, he and the school board are anticipating a cut in state aid of about 10 percent – approximately $335,000 - although some school officials are projecting cuts in the range of 15-20 percent.