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Genoa Village Council reviewed its 2011 temporary budget for a second time Dec. 20 and then approved it, the village administrator said.
The budget, set for slightly more than $8 million to fund operations for the western Ottawa County village, was on council’s regular session agenda, where it was passed as an emergency measure.
There are no major new expenses in it and council has until early 2011 to pass the permanent budget, according to Garth Adams, administrator.
Mayor Mark Williams agreed.
Last year, the village leaders worked with staff to pinpoint priorities and keep the budget in check in a volatile economy, he noted.
“As far as the budget is concerned, we are in pretty good shape,” he said regarding 2011 projections. “The finance committee has worked hard and we are just trying to make it as efficient as we can. There is nothing dramatic or anything outrageous. We are just trying to make sure everything is covered.”
The State of Ohio and U.S. Army have reached agreement on a plan to clear areas near the former Erie Army Depot of military munitions.
Under the agreement, the Army will conduct investigations along the Lake Erie shoreline to locate munitions used during past operations at the depot and former Locust Point anti-aircraft artillery site and from the impact area of an operating range.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will also be involved in the work, scheduled to start in 2011.
“Recent finds of 3.5-inch rockets and other munitions exposed by receding waters only reinforce the need to address this area, thus making it safer for residents, visitors, and future generations,” said Chris Korleski, Ohio EPA director.
He descried the situation at the site near Port Clinton as a “legacy problem of munitions associated with the former Erie Army Depot.”
If the holiday party is any indication, the turbulent times of Jerusalem Township are coming to an end.
Two years ago, one could not attend a trustees meeting without listening to hours of bickering among government officials and residents.
Earlier this month, 175 residents showed up at a holiday party hosted by the township trustees. All involved say the three-and-a-half hour event was a huge success. Trustee Ron Sheahan emceed the event and announced door prizes.
“I talked to people who were there and everyone was so excited about it they are ready for another one next year,” trustee David Bench said.
Residents were asked to donate clothing. Township fiscal officer Julie Van Nest says they received 52 pairs of gloves, 31 pairs of stockings, scarves, and other clothing.
The search is under way for a new member of the administrative staff for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office.
This summer, Capt. Steve Levorchick, a long-time member of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office retired after nearly a quarter of a century of service.
The departure left a significant void for this Ohio county along Ohio’s lakeshore.
“The captain of operations position is a vital one,” said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton. The captain oversees daily operations, coordinates between departments and watches overtime.
After serious budget talks a month ago, Ottawa County commissioners conceded the position needed filled – much to the sheriff’s relief.
Trustees OK health insurance plan
Twenty-two employees are covered by the plan.
The township belongs to a coverage pool sponsored by the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.
The trustees will hold their year-end meeting Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.
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