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Rising costs, aging equipment, and increasing calls for service are behind the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District’s request for a replacement levy on the November ballot, says chief Bruce Moritz.

A public meeting to discuss the upcoming 5-mill levy will be held Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the district’s administration office, 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Rd.

The district – a consolidation of individual fire departments - was established in December, 1999 to service the villages of Clay Center and Genoa and Allen and Clay townships.

Voters approved a continuous levy to support the district but expenses have reached a point that the $585,000 in annual revenues generated by the levy don’t keep pace with rising expenses, said chief Moritz.

A replacement levy would be based on current real estate valuations instead of valuations from the year 2000, when the levy was approved by voters.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation anticipates completing a speed zone study of the stretch of State Route 51 through Lake Township by Aug. 31.
 
Michael Stormer, ODOT’s District 2 Planning Engineer, informed the township trustees by letter the department has approved their request for the study.
 
The department will notify the trustees of its findings in writing when the study is complete, Mr. Stormer’s letter says.
 
The trustees last month approved a resolution asking for the study and for ODOT to lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 between Fostoria Road and State Route 579.

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The Northwest Ohio Charter School Coalition (NWOCSC) has accused Toledo Public Schools of writing threatening letters to parents of charter school students to appear at a Toledo Public School attendance hearing or have their case referred to the Lucas County Juvenile Court.

The letters, sent to some parents at Eagle Academy in East Toledo and Maritime Academy in Toledo, allege that their children are not enrolled in school. Maritime Academy says two parents received letters, while Eagle Academy said they were contacted by one parent who received a letter, and a second parent who was getting “harassing truancy phone calls from a nearby Toledo public school.

Mitchell Bean, executive director of Eagle Academy, said one parent received harassing phone calls from a nearby Toledo public middle school, even after explaining that the child is enrolled at a charter school. Bean says another parent received a letter, but apparently resolved the matter with TPS and destroyed the letter.

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At a public hearing Wednesday night, Troy Township residents expressed their concerns about Troy Township potentially partnering with the City of Toledo to form a 460-acre JEDD near State Route 420 and U.S. 20.

About 25 Troy Township residents arrived to get answers from township trustees and representatives from the Northwest Water and Sewer District.

Those who were vocal at the hall were mostly concerned about the township sharing income tax and doing business with Toledo to get water to the site.

Gary P. Kowalksi, who said he was a former Perrysburg resident who moved to the township about three years ago, warned that if “we do get water and the City of Toledo is involved, be prepared to pay dearly.”

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The state auditor's office will conduct an audit of Jerusalem Township's books for 2008.

It is the second year in a row that the township has received a single year audit.

The state regularly conducts two year audits of townships, according to Emily Frazee, deputy press secretary for  State Auditor Mary Taylor's office.

"Last year, in the fall of 2008, we did a single year audit of 2007 because trustees and the fiscal officer requested it. Trustees have again requested a single year audit of the 2008 financial statement," she said.

The auditor of state is required by Ohio Revised Code to conduct financial audits of all government entities, she said.

"We look at bank records, meeting minutes, money coming in and going out of the township - anything that impacts the financial health of the township. We want to get a sense of how they're doing," she said.

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