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Despite drawing strong opposition from several local governments, Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop is defending his proposal to fund a new college scholarship program by privatizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
The proposal would privatize the county’s 10 advanced life support squads located in various fire stations in Lucas County, including one in Oregon, and use the savings to fund college scholarships for high school seniors and older misplaced workers who will attend Ohio colleges.
County voters approved a 0.25 percent sales tax increase in 1993 to pay for EMS ambulance service.
Area libraries are bracing for the possibility of more cuts to hours and services as the governor and state legislature come down to the wire balancing the next biennium budget.
Gov. Ted Strickland’s latest proposal includes reductions in the Public Library Fund for fiscal 2010 of about $112.5 million and $114.8 million in 2011 as part of a plan to fill a gap of about $3.2 billion.
Ohio’s Public Library Fund receives 2.22 percent of general revenue fund tax receipts. The monies are distributed to counties based on a statutory formula.
Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak assured council last Monday that the water supply in the city is adequate for the fire department to fight fires.
“I think it’s caused all the jurisdictions in this area to determine whether or not they’re prepared,” Filipiak said of a fire in Toledo a few weeks ago that may have taken Toledo firefighters longer to extinguish due to an older, smaller waterline.
“I’m happy to say we’ve had some discussions since that issue, and we’re very pleased and confident we’re not vulnerable to the same issues that Toledo is confronting,” said Filipiak.
A grass roots effort in Ottawa County to collect personal stories of residents who’ve had frustrating experiences with the health care system was scheduled to wrap up June 27 with an event at Gem Beach in Catawba Island.
Twenty-three people met initially June 6 at the home of Nancy Beadle, Danbury Township, as part of the Organizing for America effort to share anecdotes about encounters they’ve had with the medical establishment.
Tom Critch is a collector.
It started about 30 years ago, and the memorabilia just keeps piling up.
"I went to all these games, and people throw that stuff away," said Critch, of East Toledo. "Then they try to get some of that stuff back and it's hard to get. Everybody asks me, 'What do you save all that stuff for?' I tell them if I have the program, I can go back and look at it.
"I look at the state tournament programs and try to see how long the coaches have been there. It's kind of like a fun job to do. It takes a while to do all that stuff, but it's just fun for me."
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