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Jerusalem Township trustees are considering alternatives to spending over $300,000 to continue getting patrolled by Lucas County deputy sheriffs.
 
Recently, Lucas County Commissioners decided to cut the sheriff’s budget next year as a result of the recession. Since the Ohio Revised Code does not require the county to provide police protection to township residents, Lucas County deputies will no longer provide patrols to eight townships in Lucas County unless townships pay for the service. The county expects to save $5.1 million as a result. 
 
“The sheriff’s job is to keep the peace and run a jail,” Pete Gerken, president of the Lucas County Commissioners, said last week. “And in tight economic times, we certainly are going back to those core services that we can afford to deliver. Right now, we just can’t afford to pay for townships that don’t pay for their own police services. Everyone’s cutting their budgets, and this is just one of the unfortunate aspects of our budget.”

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The Ohio Department of Transportation anticipates completing a speed zone study of the stretch of State Route 51 through Lake Township by Aug. 31.
 
Michael Stormer, ODOT’s District 2 Planning Engineer, informed the township trustees by letter the department has approved their request for the study.
 
The department will notify the trustees of its findings in writing when the study is complete, Mr. Stormer’s letter says.
 
The trustees last month approved a resolution asking for the study and for ODOT to lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 35 between Fostoria Road and State Route 579.

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At a public hearing Wednesday night, Troy Township residents expressed their concerns about Troy Township potentially partnering with the City of Toledo to form a 460-acre JEDD near State Route 420 and U.S. 20.

About 25 Troy Township residents arrived to get answers from township trustees and representatives from the Northwest Water and Sewer District.

Those who were vocal at the hall were mostly concerned about the township sharing income tax and doing business with Toledo to get water to the site.

Gary P. Kowalksi, who said he was a former Perrysburg resident who moved to the township about three years ago, warned that if “we do get water and the City of Toledo is involved, be prepared to pay dearly.”

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Northwood City Council voted against renewing contract negotiations with a company that provides the city’s speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding.
 
Council on July 2 voted 6-1 to stop contract negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets with a high incidence of speeding.
 
At the same meeting, council voted 4-3 to continue contract negotiations with Redflex for the stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras that have been installed at the intersections of Lemoyne and Woodville roads and Oregon and Wales roads since 2005.

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The Downtown Curtice Athletic Club selects a local individual for its annual

Former Curtice resident Andy Burris

DCAC Award.

For the past six years the 10-year-old club has honored individuals who have recently passed away, according to Tom Wuest, DCAC chairman of the board. This year the DCAC, which has approximately 30 members, is honoring former Curtice resident Andy Burris at its Aug. 22 event.

Burris was an iron worker who was killed April 19, 2007 in a bridge accident while finishing the Veterans Memorial Skyway (I-280). Burris, who was 36, was a member of Local 1138 and the Northwest Carpenter’s Union. He was on a work platform installing forms used to pour the bridge’s concrete bridge railing when the platform collapsed and fell to the ground just south of the westbound Summit Street overpass on the north side of the river.

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