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Within weeks, the Village of Oak Harbor will be losing its single largest industrial manufacturer.

Northern Manufacturing is moving its North Locust Street plant to the Lakewinds Industrial Park to take advantage of a new tax abatement zone being created by Ottawa County, Mayor Bill Eberle told village council at its first regular meeting of the year.

Company owner Quintin Smith recently informed the mayor of the move, he said.

Northern Manufacturing is a sheet metal fabrication company specializing in stainless steel fabrication. Its operations span three facilities, with 85,000 feet dedicated solely to stainless steel fabrication, according to the company website. The company provides advanced engineering and welding, including 3-D models and 3-D laser cutting.

The news is a crushing blow to the village which is already struggling financially. Village leaders are diligently thumbing through departmental assessment to create a 2015 budget that stays in the black while combating a number of critical problems such as a faulty sewer overflow system.

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a motion to reconsider a case it decided in October in which a Clay Township man sought to have a civil protection order against him dropped.

The justices on Dec. 24 denied the motion filed by Tony Simon, N. Genoa-Clay Center Road, who had appealed a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in 2011 to grant a request by Dorothy Fondessy for a protection order against Simon.

The order is in effect for five years and directs Simon to stay at least 25 feet away from Fondessy and her husband, Wayne.

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals in 2013 upheld the common pleas court decision but agreed with a motion by Simon’s attorney to let the Supreme Court review its decision because there have been several conflicting rulings in other appellate courts on when protection orders should be issued.

In October of last year, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was joined by justices Paul Pfeifer, Terrence O’Donnell and Judith Lanzinger in dismissing the Simon case as “improvidently certified.” Justices Sharon Kennedy, Judith French and William O’Neill dissented.

Heather Shafer, of White Street in East Toledo, has been fervently looking for her small white Pomeranian dog, Bella, since it went missing from her backyard on November 9.

Bella, a small white pomeranian dog,
has been missing since November

The 1 ½ year old dog was last seen playing with Shafer’s other dog, a St. Bernard puppy, in her backyard, which is enclosed by a privacy fence. Shafer and her mother had gone to the store for about 20 minutes, and when they returned, Bella was gone. The fence was still enclosed, and she doesn’t know how the dog vanished.

“She was playing in the yard at about 6 p.m. I don’t know if someone came in and took her or what. The fence was still closed. Bella will go to anyone, she’s so friendly,” said Shafer.

She and her family looked for her all night without success.

“We jumped in the car and drove all around. We looked in the allies. She was nowhere to be found,” she said.

Shafer has circulated fliers with Bella’s photo and a description, and has checked with the Lucas County Canine Care & Control (dog pound). She has received calls from people thinking they saw her, but nothing has come of the sightings, she said.

Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley is breathing a little bit easier now with the recent passage of Ohio House Bill 5, which included an amendment that keeps Oregon from losing considerable revenue.

The Ohio Legislature recently approved the bill, which streamlines Ohio’s municipal tax code.

Businesses backed the measure, saying it creates a more business friendly environment. Many local governments were opposed because they said it would add unnecessary administrative burdens on businesses and their employees who conduct business activities in municipalities.

Ohio was the only state where municipalities set their own rules and regulations on collection of income taxes. Several different communities use different forms to collect annual income taxes.

Beazley’s main concern was that the bill could cost the city up to $1 million in annual revenue due to a provision that increases from 12 to 20 the number of days an individual can work in a municipality without owing local income taxes. It would have particularly affected temporary contract workers at the refineries. An amendment keeps the withholding requirement at 12 days and allows for a look back to day one if 12 days are exceeded.

The staff of the Ohio Power Siting Board is recommending the approval of a proposed 22-mile natural gas pipeline between the cities of Maumee and Oregon provided that its construction meets environmental and other conditions.

A staff report of the project was submitted Dec. 29 to the board for its review.

The application by North Coast Gas Transmission, a Columbus-based company, will be automatically approved by Jan. 6 unless the board’s chairman, executive director or an administrative law judge decides the application should be suspended. The suspension would give the board an additional 90 days to make a decision.

North Coast is proposing to construct the 24-inch diameter pipeline to supply natural gas for an $800 million electric generation plant to be built near the intersection of Lallendorf Road and York Street in Oregon.

Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in March and be completed by June 2016. An easement of 75 feet would be in effect along the route during construction on property where the line is installed and of that, 50-foot easements would remain in effect permanently.

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