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Oak Harbor poised to open a sewer system regulator

Officials in Oak Harbor are taking a stride in the effort to fix a major problem with the sewer system and related flooding in residential areas.

Village leaders recently received Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permission for a modified sewer system permit request to open the combined sewer overflow regulator valve on Portage Street, according to interim village administrator Randy Genzman.

Levy would avert deficit, treasurer says

Data compiled by the administration of the Genoa Area Local School District indicate the school system faces a deficit of about $100,000 by the end of the 2016 fiscal year on June 30, 2016 without additional spending cuts or revenues.

Bill Nye, district treasurer, said the school system’s five-year financial forecast shows a negative cash balance by then largely due to a drop in state revenues and stagnant property taxes even though the district has reduced expenditures. The projected deficit climbs to about $1.2 million by the end of the 2017 fiscal year.

With more than $1.4 billion sitting in the Ohio Budget Stabilization Fund – also called the state’s rainy day fund – is it time for the state legislature to restore the cuts to revenues used by local governments for a host of services?

The Lake Township trustees think so. The board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution asking Gov. John Kasich and two state legislators to push for the restoration of local government funds that were cut in recent state budgets.

The resolution notes that the township budget for roads has been depleted due to overtime for snow removal and related repairs.

Despite accusations, fire chief has trustees’ support

The Lake Township trustees Tuesday re-affirmed their support for Bruce Moritz, township fire chief, after hearing a resident say some members of the fire department contacted him to voice their concerns about how the chief runs the department.

Randy Saint John, of E. Freedom Drive, told the trustees eight firefighters contacted him via email with their grievances, saying they feared repercussions if they took their complaints to command officers and the trustees.

A local credit union has proposed a deal that would put Oak Harbor students on the road to financial literacy as well as place a satellite office within a school building.

Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools Superintendent Guy Parmigian and board member Heather Dewitz recently met with Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union representatives to discuss the idea. Part of the program would be education regarding savings accounts, using check books and accompanying registers and learning the ins and outs of loans, certificates of deposits and mortgages.

“This is a real world, real life opportunity for the kids. It’s part of their mission to be community-based,” Parmigian said of the credit union proposal. “The big picture is they would work with the kids.

Credit union officials asked the superintendent to take the proposal to the board to see if members were interested in pursuing the project.

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