The Press Newspaper
Oregon City Council by a split vote last week approved district fire chief Edmund Ellis as the city’s new fire chief, effective June 7.
Mayor Mike Seferian recommended to council at a special meeting that Ellis, a veteran of the fire department, be appointed to the position.
Council voted 4-3 for Ellis, 61, who has considerable support from the department’s rank and file firefighters.
Councilmen Jerry Peach, Dennis Walendzak, Sandy Bihn, and James Seaman voted in favor of Ellis, while Councilmen Mike Sheehy, Terry Reeves, and Clint Wasserman were opposed.
A safety committee meeting was held before the special council meeting to discuss Seferian’s recommendation.
Ellis replaces former Chief Bill Wilkins, who retired soon after Seferian was elected Oregon mayor last November to take a job with the state fire marshal’s office.
Ellis’s annual salary as chief will be $74,003.4, $3,500 below the minimum set for the salary schedule for fire chief, said Seferian, because Ellis has not yet received his 240 hour firefighter certification training from the state. The certification is one of the requirements of the position. Ellis has one year to obtain the certification. At that time, he will receive the proper pay scale as chief.
For the last several weeks, residents in the Liberty and East Broadway area in East Toledo have been watched over by their very own Guardian Angels.
Make that The Alliance of Guardian Angels.
According to Terry Wertz, the leader of the local chapter, the group was invited by one of its members to start patrolling the streets on the east side.
“He asked us to help in this area,” Wertz, of South Toledo, said. “We have 20 members, most from the Old South End, and a couple members from East Toledo. We were asked to help patrol this area. We go where we are invited to go to help the community.”
The area, bounded by the Weiler Homes, a development of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority, is considered a “heavy” spot for the Angels.
“What we have seen on the east side, so far, revolves around drugs,” Wertz said. “On one patrol, we observed a group of kids peddling drugs, hiding them in sewer grates. One gentleman came up and out of the sewer, moving the grate to get out, when we went up to them. During our conversation, one guy about dropped his gun on the ground. It is not a good situation there right now.”
“Crystal-clear” confidence started at a young age for Bowersox
When the Orian family from the Oak Harbor area had the opportunity to use a
suite at Fifth Third Field May 14, they didn’t hesitate, as they were looking forward to seeing their Hens whip the Indianapolis Indians.
Boy did they get a surprise.
Normally the lopsided loss by the Hens would have been depressing to them, but not Friday night. Little did they realize when they scheduled the suite that they were going to participate in an historic evening for them and all of the Toledo area. For those who somehow missed the news coverage, Friday night was Crystal Bowersox night at Fifth Third Field.
The board of trustees of the Harris-Elmore Public Library will hold a special meeting May 24 to discuss whether to place a property tax levy on the November ballot.
If board members decide to seek voter approval of a tax issue, it would be the first time in the library’s history it sought local revenues for financial support, said Georgina Huizenga, library director.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the library.
If the board approves a resolution to proceed with a levy request it would be submitted to the Ottawa County auditor’s office for certification and then presented to the Woodmore Board of Education, which is the library’s taxing authority, for approval to be placed on the ballot, Huizenga said.
As have libraries across the state, the Harris-Elmore library and its branch in Genoa, have had to contend with declining revenues from the Ohio Public Library Fund.
Cuts in the state budget resulted in the hours at both buildings being reduced – from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday to 12:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday hours were reduced to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., three hours earlier than prior to the cuts. Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved redevelopment of the former Sports Arena property on Main Street following a pollution investigation and clean up of the site.
The City of Toledo and Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority assessed the 55-acre property at 1 Main St. through the Ohio EPA’s Voluntary Action Program (VAP), which gives property owners the chance to voluntarily assess and, if necessary, remover pollution from a property, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA. The agency then issues a release of liability, known as a covenant not to sue, once the property meets cleanup standards of the Ohio EPA.
A site assessment showed there were several areas contaminated with metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, total petroleum hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds that were above direct human contact standards, according to Pierce. Soil was removed from the site for disposal and pavement was laid in one area to prevent future contact with soil. An environmental covenant will prohibit the use of ground water under the site.