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.
The suspect in the robbery Thursday of the Genoa branch of Huntington National Bank is described as a white male, about 5-8 to 5-10, and 150-170 pounds.
He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt inside out and dark nylon pants with a white stripe.
He wore a light-colored bandanna over his face and large sunglasses, a baseball hat, and black shoes.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he entered the bank at 1509 Main Street around 9:12 a.m. and demanded money.
He then fled in a silver Buick. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is reporting it had a license plate number of BH53LA.
There were no reported injuries.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the FBI, (419) 243-6122; Toledo Police Crime Stopper Program, (419) 255-1111; Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, (419) 734-4404, or the Genoa Police Department, (419) 855-7717.
The same Huntington branch was robbed earlier this year.
A man dressed similarly to the suspect in the recent robbery robbed the branch on May 21.
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.
Spectra Group reaches 20th anniversary
From its beginnings as research conducted in a chemistry lab at Bowling Green State University, a local high-tech business has grown to serve foreign and domestic markets.
Spectra Group Limited, Inc., observed its 20th anniversary with an open house recently at its Lemoyne Road facility in Millbury, where the company has been located since April, 2005 – having moved there from Arrowhead Park.
“We needed a place where we could do more manufacturing,” Alex Mejiritski, president, said, adding the company has plans to expand into adjoining suites and possibly hire one or two more employees.
Currently, the company employs six with almost everyone except for the office manager a holder of a Ph.D. in a specialized field of chemistry.
To call Spectra a chemical company, however, would be akin to calling a Ferrari a vehicle.
Spectra’s website describes itself as a company “…specializing in creative solutions in the photo-sciences” and having a “…unique collection of technology experts providing coverage of various fields, including photo-chemistry, polymer chemistry, synthetic organic chemistry, photo-initiator synthesis, resin formulation for radiation cure and applied development, and spectroscopy.”
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