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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.
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.
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.
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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