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The union representing CSX Corp. workers is asking the Lake Township trustees to oppose the proposed closing of a rail crossing between East Broadway and Tracy Road to traffic, contending the company’s plans would create a safety hazard.

Ken Gilsdorf, community affairs and safety representative for the rail company, informed the trustees at their Sept. 7 meeting the top management of CSX wants to close Walbridge Road to traffic at the crossing.

CSX, he said, holds the deed to the land around the area and one option the company is weighing is to vacate part of the road and have it become privately owned by adjacent property owners.

If a private road was established, CSX could install gates that would be controlled remotely by the railroad because there is no yard master stationed at nearby Stanley Yard, Gilsdorf told the trustees.

The Ohio State Legislative Board of the United Transportation Union says the proposal endangers motorists.

“If CSX Corporation is successful in their petitioning the township to close Walbridge Road crossing, the railroad would further disregard the safety of two-man remote controlled locomotive operations by reducing these operations to a one-man crew on each job, further endangering the traveling public, the safety of railroad employees, and the loss of jobs,” Luther Newsom, chairman and state director of the union’s legislative board, says in a letter to the trustees.

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Contractors will have to be hired to fix two of the more serious water system leaks detected in a recent survey of the Village of Genoa’s distribution lines.

The news comes on the heels of Aqua Line of Findlay’s annual check of the system. Village officials have spent $2,500 yearly for about a decade to have the company evaluate its system.

“If anything we end up saving,” said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden. After leaks were found and fixed, “We are probably at 10 percent water loss overall. That’s pretty good,” he said.

Aqua Line reported to village council in August that the Genoa water system is losing an estimated 5,000 gallons per day, according to Garth Reynolds, Village Administrator.

Genoa maintains its own system lines but receives water by contract from the City of Oregon. The village can receive up to 1 million gallons per day. Currently, Genoa uses about 300,000 to 350,000 gallons per day, Gladden said. The bulk of that usage is tied to service to the Ohio Turnpike maintenance garage and travel station as well as Guardian Industries, the director explained.

Village workers have fixed some of the smaller line leaks, including those associated with several fire hydrants. However, two other projects, including a main pressure line, will have to be done by professionals, Reynolds said.

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On May 14 and 15, Marine Corps veteran Nick Haupricht arranged for Vietnam-era pin-up girl Chris Noel to be keynote speaker at dinner banquets at Oregon’s Dunsberger American Legion Post and Northwood VFW Post 2984.

Haupricht says there was another event that was supposed to happen that weekend, but did not.

On May 16, a ceremony was planned to commemorate a section of a WWII Monument granite being brought to Toledo from a quarry in New England. Noel was to be present, along with other community and political leaders, including Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.

Haupricht was also expecting 7,000 to 9,000 motorcyclists, but the event was cancelled. On September 17, Haupricht filed a lawsuit against U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur claiming he was “misguided” by her staff.

Haupricht is seeking over $3,400 in Toledo Municipal Court for money he spent to organize, process applications, send fliers to over 400 motorcycle clubs, and to advertise the event. That includes $1,405 Haupricht said he spent on advertising to inform the public the event was cancelled.

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Northwood Councilman Dave Gallaher will be forming a committee to review the city’s charter. Among the possible amendments: cutting the number of council members from seven to three.

Gallaher came up with the idea at a council meeting this month as a way to save money.

“We’re cutting off the legs of this city, and if we want to save money, it’s very simple,” Gallaher said to council. “Put it to the people and ask them what they think.  The devil’s in the details. We’ll have to work on this a little bit. But there isn’t a department in this city that hasn’t been cut. I’m suggesting that we put it on the ballot and let the people decide how many people they need to represent them.”

A council member’s annual salary is $7,000.

The city has made painful budget cuts and layoffs in the last two years due to a shrinking tax base caused by the economic recession.

Councilman Ed Schimmel said reducing the number on council to three would “be really cutting it close as far as having a quorum.”

“If you said five, I’d probably be fine with that,” said Schimmel.

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Northwood City Council recently rejected an ordinance that would have removed a proposed municipal income tax increase from the November 2 ballot.

Council had previously approved placing a .25 percent city income tax increase for three years on the ballot, which would bump up the income tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent if approved. Weeks later, Councilman Ed Schimmel had asked the city’s attorney to prepare legislation that would remove the proposal from the ballot.

At a recent meeting, council, by a vote of 5-2, defeated the measure. Schimmel and Council President James Barton voted to remove the proposal from the ballot.

“We do need this levy,” said Councilman Mike Myers. “The people have the right to go out and vote yes or no. Give people the opportunity to vote for it. If they turn it down, they turn it down.”

Councilman Dave Gallaher agreed.

“If the income tax is taken off the ballot, or if the income tax is left on the ballot and not approved [by voters], then the option would be to keep cutting personnel until we get to the point where we can’t…operate as a city anymore. To me, that’s not an option.  That’s more like giving up and throwing your hands in the air. We should be looking at moving this city forward. To do that, we’re going to have to turn the tide and do something. I think we owe it to the residents to let them know how important this is, and give them the opportunity to support the city.”

Council has made deep budget cuts and layoffs in the last two years as a result of the economic recession.

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