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Ken Hetrick sees few options for his wild animal refuge in Stony Ridge.

The owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics – home to a collection of six tigers, three lions, a leopard, a grizzly bear, a timber wolf and a liger; many of them elderly – Hetrick is convinced he can’t afford the costs associated with a new state permit and regulation program.

One quote for liability insurance he received is $376 a month, he said, and required changes to the fencing could cost thousands of dollars.

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With a potential bonanza coming for the Eastwood school district, superintendent Brent Welker is emphasizing to voters that a permanent improvement renewal levy on Tuesday’s ballot is still needed.

The 2-mill, 5-year levy generates about $265,095 annually and has been in effect for 20 years, allowing the district to meet the costs of repair and maintenance projects that aren’t covered by operating revenues.

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Northwood City Council at a meeting on Oct. 24 approved the designation of a new Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) to spur economic development.

It is situated in the middle of two currently designated CRA’s on the west and east sides of the city, said Administrator Bob Anderson. The issue has been discussed previously at economic development committee meetings.

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An auxiliary police force will be added to the Genoa Police Department.

Village council recently approved the hiring of five or six auxiliary policemen at the request of Mayor Mark Williams.

The unit, whose members are expected to work at least eight hours per month, will complement the service of the officers currently on staff.

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Genoa police sent seven warning letters recently to property owners who haven’t cleaned up junk vehicles despite village efforts to work with them.

The letters are the newest part of the junk vehicle crackdown undertaken by Police Chief Bob Bratton and his department.

At the direction of village council, Bratton has been working on the junk vehicle/trash issue for months. The better part of the project has involved one-on-one talks with property owners. The goal, he said, is to get the sites cleaned up without going through legal channels, he said.

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