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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.

A sign outside Bench Farms on Route 2 in Ottawa County reads, “Welcome


Top: Michael Lamarche focuses on some egrets at McGee
Marsh. Lamarche, of Montreal, joined birders from all over
the world.  Bottom Left: Black-throated blue warble
Bottom Right: Black-throated green warbler

The staff at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, located in the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, are talking to bird watchers arriving here from Uganda, England, Japan, Holland, Spain, and across the North American continent.
“Everyday has been very busy. It’s wonderful,” BSBO Executive Director Kim Kaufman said. “People are coming from all over the country and really from destinations from all over the world.”
What is the attraction? Birders come here in May to see concentrations of warblers and other migratory songbirds.
“The attraction is this is a critical area — a stopover habitat for migratory birds,” Kaufman said. “Another words, they can’t get from the tropics where they are over wintering without having some place to stop. It’s like a bird gas station.
“What happens is that these small birds, these song birds — they migrate at night. As they come up they see the lake and they think, ‘Okay, here’s a big body of water. I’ve got to stop and refuel before I cross this big body of water.’

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.

Oregon City Council on Monday tabled a proposed ordinance that would have provided for a fee schedule for non-resident participation in city recreation programs.
It will discuss the matter further at this Monday’s committee of the whole meeting.
Recently, the city’s recreation and parks committee came up with a fee schedule for non-residents to participate in the recreation program.
Non-resident participation would continue for Jerusalem Township residents, but the ordinance would extend participation to include Oregon Board of Education open enrollment students and non-resident participation for immediate family members of city employees.

An agreement for the collective purchasing of electrical power for residents and small businesses in 16 Ottawa County townships and municipalities could be in effect by the end of the summer, a county commissioner says.
Voters in the communities overwhelmingly supported ballot measures which authorize local elected officials to enter into electrical aggregations agreements and have the county represent them in negotiations with suppliers for service.
Jim Sass, a county commissioner, said the next step in the aggregation process is for the elected officials from each jurisdiction to approve resolutions allowing the county to represent them as a certified aggregator.
Townships that would be covered include Allen, Bay, Benton, Carroll, Catawba, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, Put-in-Bay, and Salem; villages include Clay Center, Marblehead, and Rocky Ridge. The City of Port Clinton is also part of the aggregated group.

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