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Jerusalem Township Trustee Joe Kiss is optimistic that the board of trustees will be able to tackle how police services will be provided to the community.

Kiss said the board of trustees, with two new trustees taking their seats in January, will be appointing six people to a steering committee comprised of residents, business owners or managers, and others who have a stake in the community to review the township’s options.

“The sheriff stated he was going to have a car on the east and west side. We don’t know what amount of coverage that means. So we’re going to wait and see what happens once January 1 rolls around,” said Kiss. “But we decided to go ahead with the steering committee. We want to be proactive with the situation. We don’t want to be weeks and months behind on what we should do. The steering committee will be in place next year. They will start researching whether we should have our own police department, stay with the sheriff, or find ways to pay the sheriff.”

The township will continue to provide a substation at the town hall for sheriff’s deputies.

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Residents in the Lake School District can certainly recall the Lake school levy

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fiasco a few years back.

After several failed attempts to pass a school levy, voters finally approved a 6.75-mill, five-year operating levy in August 2006. The vote was close even while passing, with 1,949 voters supporting the levy and 1,580 voters giving their "no" vote.

The operating levy raises an additional $1.4 million a year for the district, which had gone through a string of levy defeats going back to August 2004.

Dave Shaffer, a 1982 Lake graduate who has been the high school's director of athletics since 1999, watched levy after levy fail. In 2005, the school board cut extracurricular activities that were eventually funded through a private volunteer group, but with limited athletic teams.

"We scaled back in some of our programs," said Shaffer, who was an assistant athletic director at Lake from 1989-99. "We offered fewer junior high teams and we reduced our assistant coaching staffs. We lost approximately 150 kids district-wide who transferred out, which probably equates to a graduating class. That is hard to handle, and it was difficult.

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Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi urged Oregon Council last Monday to pressure the state Senate to support House Bill 318, which would delay state income tax cuts for two years to offset an $852 million funding gap in the state budget.

Gov. Ted Strickland had planned to use a portion of revenue from slot machines at race tracks for education, but the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the measure cannot go before voters sooner than Nov., 2010.

The Senate has until the end of this month to pass Bill 318, which would postpone for two years the last of five previously scheduled reductions in state income taxes, the amount of which would cover the $852 million shortfall in revenue.

In addition, the state stands to lose more in federal stimulus funds if the bill isn’t passed.

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Toledo-Lucas County Public Library officials say they have been made aware of a possible major crisis for Ohio’s public libraries.

TLCPL Oregon Branch manager Mary Beth Gratop is among those librarians state-wide urging local residents to put pressure on the Ohio Senate to pass House Bill 318.

According to the Ohio Library Council, this proposal would postpone the final cut in the state income tax. Although this proposal means that Ohioans will not pay any more state income taxes than they did in 2009, it will provide enough money to the state to balance the budget next year, a TLCPL press release states.

The TLCPL has already been impacted by an 18 percent cut from the Public Library Fund when the state budget was approved earlier this year.

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Carbon dioxide levels in Luckey and Pemberville schools in the Eastwood district are well below the threshold that would pose a safety concern for students, according to the administration, which has retained consultants to plan a long-term solution to the problem.

“We have established baseline numbers in both buildings and know that without students, those buildings are fine,” superintendent Brent Welker, said in a newsletter to residents.

Thomas Lingenfelder, principal of Webster Elementary School, asked for assistance in evaluating the air quality at the school last month after some students passed out during a music program.

An investigation by the Wood County Health Department determined there were elevated levels of carbon dioxide in several of the classrooms. The health department later determined the source was the students and teachers in each classroom and that simply venting the rooms with fresh air from the windows lowered the carbon dioxide to levels considered acceptable.

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