The Press Newspaper
If the crowd at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lake Township trustees is any indication, a request by CSX Transportation for the township to vacate Walbridge Road at a CSX crossing so the rail company can close the crossing to traffic will be met with a resounding “no.”
Asked to raise their hands if they oppose closing of the crossing, nearly two dozen residents did so, while only one resident expressed support.
CSX is offering the township $10,000 if the trustees agree to permanently close Walbridge Road at the crossing, which is located between East Broadway and Tracy Road.
The offer is conditional. CSX would place a barricade across the resulting private grade crossing at its own expense and motorists would be prohibited from using it. CSX would allow police, fire, and emergency medical service vehicles to use the private crossing in emergencies when “practicable” a letter from CSX to the trustees says.
But residents told the trustees closing the crossing would be a significant burden.
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.
The Eastwood school board anticipates saving approximately $600,000 by closing Webster Elementary School.
The board approved closing the school, which houses kindergarten through fifth grade, as part of a cost reduction plan that also included not re-hiring several assistant coaching positions.
Dropping the coaching positions will save an estimated $55,000, according to Brent Welker, superintendent.
Webster’s closing, which is being labeled a “suspension” by the administration, goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year.
Pemberville and Luckey elementary schools will absorb Webster students except for fifth graders, who will attend the middle school at the district’s main campus.
Welker said the board and administration began looking at the closing of Webster in the spring when enrollment figures of kindergartners indicated a decline was continuing.
Much of the cost savings associated with the closing w
Election board member retiring
Fredrick has been with the board as a full-time clerk for 11 years. Her responsibilities include tracking absentee voting, processing local liquor license options, processing provisional voter ballots, and working with maps of the county’s 44 precincts.
“The board will miss her greatly as they seek to find her replacement,” said JoAnn Friar, director of the board.
Resumes will be accepted until Dec. 3 at the board office in the Veterans Memorial Building, 8444 W. State Route 163, Suite 101, Oak Harbor, O. 43449.
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