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Oregon council unanimously passed the city’s operating budget at a meeting Dec. 21.

“I’m encouraged it’s a solid budget,” said Councilman Mike Sheehy.

“I think the process was good,” said Councilman Sandy Bihn. “I just wanted to alert everyone that what we’re doing is projecting our revenues for 2010. I think they’re less conservative perhaps than in the past,” she said of the $16,108,000 budget. “We’re projecting our revenues less than what we’re projecting our expenses without the capital improvement budget. So I’m just cautioning that the economy and what’s going on with the rising expenses may be hitting some kind of a balancing act with us as time goes on through 2010. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but it may be.”

Councilman Jerry Peach said the administration will be watching revenues “very closely.”

“I think that provides us with some reassurance,” said Peach.

Councilman James Seaman, who is chairman of the Finance Committee, said employee wages and contracts are set two years providing some stability to the budget.

Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that provides low-cost spay/neuter to cats, is planning its annual “Beat the Heat” promotion next month to battle the expected influx of unwanted litters.

For just $20, Humane Ohio for the month of February will spay female cats in an effort to prevent unwanted litters in the spring and summer.

The special rate is even less than the group’s normal low-cost price and applies to all residents of Lucas and Wood  counties (must provide proof of residency).

To take advantage of the rate, cat owners must mention “Beat the Heat” when scheduling their appointments at 419-266-5607.

Jill Borkowski, marketing manager for Humane Ohio, said the group started the “Beat the Heat” promotion in 2007 to avoid the onslaught of unwanted litters in the spring and summer, the peak period for litters. The special rate of $20 is less than half or the group’s normal low-cost price, she added.

“Beat the Heat has become an annual promotion that’s in its third year. During the 2009 “Beat the Heat” promotion, we spayed 266 female cats and prevented countless unwanted litters,” said Borkowski.

Jeff Apel is a happy — and humbled — man.

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        Lucas & Jeff Apel

 

 

When Apel, a Martin resident, put together a DVD entitled “The Journey Begins,” his intention wasn't to make anyone famous or garner any awards. His goal for the video "was our desire to come up with a resource that could help introduce young people to the outdoors and create an interest for them to start exploring it in their own way."

“The Journey Begins” was produced by Jeff and his wife, Esmeralda's, new production company, Straight Arrow Productions LLC. Jeff began filming the DVD in June 2006 and ended in January 2009. Editing and producing the 92-minute video concluded last June.

Village Administrator Garth Reynolds has postponed receiving slightly more than $9,000 in pay.

Village council, at a special meeting in late December, approved $6,000 in retroactive merit pay for Reynolds, who was also expected to receive a 3 percent raise (or $3,023), according to his three-year contract.

He is currently paid $67,171 annually.

In a letter to Genoa Mayor Mark Williams, Reynolds deferred the merit pay indefinitely and stated he would go without the salary hike until Jan. 1, 2011 or until the time when other village workers receive raises.

Mayor Williams was not available for comment regarding Reynolds’ evaluation and subsequent merit pay approval.

Reynolds, who has worked for the village since November 2007, said raises for the nearly 20 village workers were discussed but were put off because of the economy.

Area school administrators agree there are many benefits for children to be enrolled in an all-day, everyday kindergarten program.

Then there is the ever present issue of having to fund it.

State Representative Randy Gardner last week offered sponsor testimony for a bill he introduced in November that would exempt districts from a requirement in the state’s biennium budget for all-day kindergarten and what he says are other unfunded mandates.

“The state operating budget has already cut state aid to school funding by $497 million, and these mandates will only further the financial burden of many school districts during this economic turmoil,” he said.

His bill, HB 366, directs the Ohio School Funding Advisory Council to identify unfunded or underfunded school mandates enacted in the budget.  A member of the council, Rep. Gardner says he’s already raised concerns at the panel’s first meeting.

“Under the new biennial budget, every school district for the first time in decades saw a significant cut to their funding. When enacted, my legislation will allow each school district’s board of education to decide if they can adopt the new education regulations, taking into account each district’s budgetary constraints,” Gardner said.

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