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Park maintenance will be up for debate when Genoa voters go to the polls this fall.

Village Council agreed Monday to put a 0.75-mill renewal park levy on the November ballot, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said.

The millage, combined with a 1.3-mill levy renewed last year, provides money to care for the village park system, centrally focused on Veterans Park.

The 0.75-mill levy brings in about $23,0

00 annually. The other levy generates another $40,000 a year that goes towards items such as regular maintenance, quarry upgrades, supplies and park employee salaries.

There had been talk of combining the two levies years ago but that never happened, Gladden said.

The administrator doesn’t foresee a problem with the levy’s passage at this point. Last year’s levy passed by several hundred votes, he said.

A master plan discussed about five years ago considered park upgrades amounting to about $5.5 million. That plan, however, was shelved as the recession gripped the area. A slow recovery is still not enough to get anyone’s hopes high for a new park levy.

“We didn’t think it had a chance of passing,” Gladden said.

In other news, Mayor Mark Williams railed again residents who continue to blow grass into the village streets while mowing lawns.

Grass accumulates in the storm sewer system and impedes water flow, Gladden said.

“With the big rains we’ve had,” the administrator explained, “the streets filled up and the water wasn’t going down as fast (because of the blockages.)”

Rain bursts fell across the county nearly every day of the first three weeks of summer, beginning June 21.

“The grass eventually works its way out but it takes time,” he added.

As for the big storm that pummeled Northwest Ohio last week, Gladden said village hardware suffered some substantial damage. Lightning took out the motor control center for the wastewater treatment ponds and damaged a lift station on Fourth Street. Estimates are being gathered for the repairs, he said.

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