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Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Genoa council members took action last week following an executive session Nov. 16.
The decision to place Hill on leave was confirmed Monday afternoon by councilman Dave Adams. But he and Village Administrator Garth Reynolds referred any further questions – such what brought about the decision and who is temporarily in charge of the department – to Mayor Mark Williams.
“The mayor is the one that is basically in charge of the police department,” Adams said.
Telephone messages were left for the mayor as well as village solicitor Brian Ballenger. Neither had responded by deadline.
Hill was hired in October 2008. He currently is paid $49,200 annually.
The yuletide holidays are around the corner and Genoa village officials are looking hard at the budget for the upcoming year.
By law, municipalities are not required to pass a budget until spring. However, a temporary budget is usually put in place by year’s end to keep operations funded. In 2010, council appropriated around $7.5 million to run the western Ottawa County village.
Genoa has begun budget hearings among its departments and the finance committee met Nov. 15 to begin hammering out issues, said Dave Adams, chairman of the finance and insurance committee.
“We’ll be looking at everything, nothing is sacred,” said Village Administrator Garth Reynolds.
Adams noted that the village is in good shape financially as 2010 winds down.
“But just because you are in good shape doesn’t mean you go out and do a lot of spending,” he added. He would not comment on an approximate amount for the budget.
Oregon Councilman Sandy Bihn has asked the city to find out why Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI) is seeking a permit modification from the Ohio EPA to dispose of higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at its hazardous waste landfill on Otter Creek Road.
Bihn said at a council meeting last Monday that she received a public notice in the mail from the Ohio EPA that stated Envirosafe, an RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act) landfill, can accept higher levels of PCBs containing waste soils.
The facility, according to Bihn, has been allowed to dispose of waste containing 50 mg/Kg PCBs or less. The notice states Envirosafe may dispose of waste materials containing up to 1,000 mg/Kg PCBs.
“This site is a RCRA hazardous waste site, not a TSCA site,” said Bihn.
The Eastwood school board anticipates saving approximately $600,000 by closing Webster Elementary School.
The board approved closing the school, which houses kindergarten through fifth grade, as part of a cost reduction plan that also included not re-hiring several assistant coaching positions.
Dropping the coaching positions will save an estimated $55,000, according to Brent Welker, superintendent.
Webster’s closing, which is being labeled a “suspension” by the administration, goes into effect for the 2010-11 school year.
Pemberville and Luckey elementary schools will absorb Webster students except for fifth graders, who will attend the middle school at the district’s main campus.
Welker said the board and administration began looking at the closing of Webster in the spring when enrollment figures of kindergartners indicated a decline was continuing.
Much of the cost savings associated with the closing w
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