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A hearing is scheduled for July 8 at 6:30 p.m. to receive public comment on a proposed Joint Economic Development District in Troy Township.

Township trustees have tentatively approved partnering with the City of Toledo to form a JEDD that will cover about 460 acres near State Route 420 and U.S. 20.

The hearing will be held at the township hall at 311 Krotzer Ave., Luckey.

Under the agreement, Toledo will provide water and sewer service to the site and share income tax revenues with the township from business that locate in the JEDD. The township will provide road maintenance and fire protection service.

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St. John's Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge undertakes a service

project each year.

This year's project is called the "Community Rehab Project," an effort of both church and community working together to rehab a home for a woman who lives in Stony Ridge.

Natalie St. Arnaud is a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.

"She doesn't get out much," said Nancy Gerwin, who is overseeing the project.  "She has some limitations that keep her home now, but in her younger years she was very active in the community helping with the summer festival put on by the Stony Ridge Civic Association."

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Despite drawing strong opposition from several local governments, Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop is defending his proposal to fund a new college scholarship program by privatizing Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The proposal would privatize the county’s 10 advanced life support squads located in various fire stations in Lucas County, including one in Oregon, and use the savings to fund college scholarships for high school seniors and older misplaced workers who will attend Ohio colleges.

County voters approved a 0.25 percent sales tax increase in 1993 to pay for EMS ambulance service.

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Area libraries are bracing for the possibility of more cuts to hours and services as the governor and state legislature come down to the wire balancing the next biennium budget.

Gov. Ted Strickland’s latest proposal includes reductions in the Public Library Fund for fiscal 2010 of  about $112.5 million and $114.8 million in 2011 as part of a plan to fill a gap of about $3.2 billion.

Ohio’s Public Library Fund receives 2.22 percent of general revenue fund tax receipts. The monies are distributed to counties based on a statutory formula.

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Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak assured council last Monday that the water supply in the city is adequate for the fire department to fight fires.

“I think it’s caused all the jurisdictions in this area to determine whether or not they’re prepared,” Filipiak said of a fire in Toledo a few weeks ago that may have taken Toledo firefighters longer to extinguish due to an older, smaller waterline.

“I’m happy to say we’ve had some discussions since that issue, and we’re very pleased and confident we’re not vulnerable to the same issues that Toledo is confronting,” said Filipiak.

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