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Residents of Lake Township are being asked to recall their experiences during and after the June 5 tornado for an oral history of the storm and its impact on the Wood County community.

Richard Welling, a township trustee, said he’ll be recording the experiences of residents.

Michael Sibbersen, county auditor and local history buff, suggested the township compile an oral history of the storm and the aftermath while the trustees were attending a reception sponsored by the Black Swamp Humanitarian Awards Committee, he said.

“He said we should start recording the histories of people involved in the tornado,” Welling said.

Sibbersen last week said he thought the project had “great promise.”

A member of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, he helped research and write “A History of Lake Township, Wood County, Ohio” to commemorate the township’s sesquicentennial.

Anyone interested in sharing their tornado experiences should call Welling at (419) 838-6536 to arrange an interview.

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Oregon City Council at a committee of the whole meeting on Nov. 15 agreed to consider on Monday the creation of a special revenue or payroll stabilization fund for payments to former employees.

The establishment of the fund is in line with the city’s financial and debt policy, which addresses the need to fund unpaid vacation, sick leave and compensatory time payments at the termination of employment or retirement and the additional payroll period that occurs every 11 years.

“At different times through the course of the year, we have different retirements of different people leaving the city for different reasons,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at the meeting. “Those do come to some fairly substantial payouts dollar-wise. To properly be prepared for those payouts, this is one of the reasons we have come up with this fund.”

Administrator Mike Beazley said the fund is recommended by the city’s bond rating agencies and auditors.

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Sarah Penner has seen the local real estate market go from promising to disastrous. In turn, she adjusted her own employment to meet reality.

Penner used to work for Dillin Corporation when the big economic development news on this side of town was the impending 127-acre Marina District along the Maumee River in East Toledo. She left in July, 2008.

Times have changed.

Lots of people are facing losing their homes during these hard economic times. Renegotiating your mortgage terms or dealing with foreclosure is often difficult and confusing to deal with, Penner says.

Now, Penner works for Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), a HUD-certified, non-profit agency whose mission is to keep homeowners in their homes.

If it has to, ESOP members will go to the streets to make their voice heard. She said when a bank doesn’t listen to her organization’s pleas, they send out letters first before resorting to other tactics.

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Last year, Lucas County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s office announced that they would no longer provide sheriff’s protection at no charge to nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, starting Jan. 1 of this year. Due to budgetary constraints, communities would have to start paying for the service.

The notification sent townships scrambling for ways to raise funds to continue getting their current level of services from the sheriff, or contract with adjacent communities for police protection. To maintain its current level of service – one deputy per eight hour shift - Jerusalem Township, which has a population of 3,181 within a 30.4 square mile area, would be charged $347,000 annually. For the township, which has a $1.7 million budget, the cost was too steep.

Commissioners then agreed to allow the township to pay just 65 percent of the amount for the first year, 80 percent the second year, then 100 percent the third year had the levy passed.

If the township did not pay for continued patrols, deputies would only respond to emergency calls.

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Oregon City Council recently approved a zoning change request for a Special Use Exception in a C-1 Commercial Industrial District at 4910 Wynnscape Dr. at Lot 9 for the purpose of constructing a 300-foot lattice tower for P&R Communications Service.

“We do believe it’s a good fit for that area,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at the Oct. 25 meeting. “If you stand on that site, I lost count after about 100 towers. You can actually count from that site…all the Edison high tension lines and all the other various towers around there. We believe this company is going to be an asset to our community. They are coming in with currently eight employees. Over the period of a couple of years, they expect to have 20-30 employees.”

The applicant was Steven J. Reeves, president of P&R Communications Service, for owner Robert Dedo of Molly’s Ventures, Ltd.

Martin Malloy, an attorney for P&R Communications, said the tower is not the type seen from a highway.

“This is more of a tower that’s built for their specific business. It will be attached to their building for purposes of disseminating radio waves,” said Malloy.

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