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The Lake Township trustees ended 2009 with a flurry, approving wage contracts with union and non-union employees; signing agreements for dispatching for emergency services, and other related matters.

The police department’s three sergeants will receive pay raises of $1 per hour plus a 1 percent raise for 2010 and 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2012.

The department’s 13 patrol officers and detective will receive raises of 2 percent for each of the three years.

With the exception of two office employees, who received $1 an hour raises for 2010, non-union employees in other departments were given 2 percent raises for 2010.

Employee contributions for health insurance were frozen at 8.5 percent.

The trustees renewed the township’s contract with LifeStar for 24-hour paramedic service and for the company to continue emergency dispatching service.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Perrysburg man who was charged with forgery, receiving stolen property, and misuse of a credit card in a case stemming from break-ins of vehicles parked at the Perrysburg YMCA in 2007 and 2008.

The appellate court upheld the conviction of Martin Gaines, who had been charged with trying to purchase merchandise at the Pilot Travel Center in Lake Township and a Kmart store in Perrysburg with stolen credit cards.

According to court transcripts, a YMCA member on Dec. 18, 2007 reported her purse stolen after someone had smashed a window of her parked vehicle. When she arrived home after the break-in, she discovered her credit card had already been used to purchase an item costing more than $500 at Kmart.

About two weeks later, another Y member reported a vehicle break-in and purse theft. A man later identified as Gaines attempted to use her credit card that day at the travel center to buy CB radio equipment. After the credit card was declined, the salesman noticed the card was issued in the name of a woman and took the card to his manager. When he returned to the counter, the man had left the store.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said one goal he has for 2010 is to have a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system operating by March.

The township trustees in December approved an agreement with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a police records management and CAD system for a three-year period beginning this month.

The cost is $47,000. Chief Hummer said the township has secured a grant from the Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Program to help pay for the system. The balance will come from a subsidy from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Northwest Ohio Regional Information System.

With the new equipment, officers will be able to file reports from their patrol vehicles and be able to communicate directly with officers from other area departments equipped with CAD systems.

A decrease in general fund revenues, layoffs, and budget cuts were among the challenges faced by Northwood last year, according to Mayor Mark Stoner in his state of the city address, delivered to council last week.

Last year, the city faced challenges “never before felt during my life-time,” he said.

“Due to economic factors we had to make cutbacks in all city departments to balance the budget,” he said.

“Our employees worked hard collectively to make the necessary budget cuts with minimal effect on our community’s services.”

He expected further challenges this year, he said.

“While I’m not clairvoyant and I cannot predict the future, one only needs to look at the daily headlines to fathom a guess as to the economic circumstances that the city as well as our nation will face in the foreseeable future,” said Stoner.

General fund revenues dropped 12.2 percent from 2008-2009, which translates into a decrease of $593,000 into the city coffers.

“Because of this decrease, the administration was forced to cut $678,000 in expenditures during the 2009 tax year. These cuts included laying off, or not filling the vacated positions of, nine individuals,” said Stoner.

The City of Oregon has received local as well as out of state resumes for the position of city administrator, though most came from across the country.

The position became available after former Administrator Ken Filipiak, who had worked for the city for 10 years, announced his resignation to take the job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio soon after Mayor Mike Seferian defeated Mayor Marge Brown last November.

Those interested in filling the administrator’s position include:
• Dr. Thomas M. Brown, former mayor of Port Clinton;
• Lavell D. Craven, a police officer from Hyattsville, Maryland;
• Michelle L. Bowens, director of finance with the city of Vermilion, Ohio;
• Denis L. Fligor, director of public safety and service, Fostoria, Ohio;
• David W. Metzger, public works and services supervisor in the City of Eastpointe, Michigan;
• Ben South, a municipal manager from Canon City, Colorado;
• David Flaisher, a township supervisor from West Bloomfield, Michigan;
• David B. Kroma, who has worked in various city of Toledo departments;
• Richard J. Waugh, mayor of Heath, Ohio and a former councilman;
• James C. Payne, who has worked in local government administration for over 25 years, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico;

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