House committee sets session at Penta
State Representative Tim Brown will host the House of Representatives Higher Education Study Committee when it convenes Aug. 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Penta Career Center.
The committee will be accepting testimony on transitioning to higher education and the workforce, dual enrollment programs, improved student preparation/reducing remediation rates, developmental education reform, career counseling and what parents need to know about higher education
Written testimony should be submitted to James by Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Due to the limited time available, it is requested that testimony is limited to five minutes per presentation.
“The work of this committee is critical to enhancing our education system so that every child can reach their full potential. A student’s ability to develop their own skills through Ohio’s education system is critical to paving the path to college or being immediately competitive in the workforce. I welcome our citizens to come out and listen or to offer testimony,” Rep. Brown said.
Executive session for commissioners
The Ottawa County Commissioners will meet in special executive session Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. to discuss compensation of employees and union negotiations as they pertain to the county’s employee health insurance plan.
District engineer named
Tom Stalter, a civil engineer with 29 years of experience in environmental engineering has been named Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Engineer.
He will be responsible for a 10-person department and will oversee the district’s $180 million in water and sanitary sewer assets.
“Tom brings with him great experience in the water and sewer field as well as financial, public relations and legal knowledge,” said Jerry Greiner, president of the district
He will be replacing Bill Barber, the district’s current engineer who is retiring in 2014.
Grant for Walbridge
Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko said he expects contract bidding to begin next spring for installing curb ramps in the village to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The village has been awarded a $49,980 Community Development Block Grant for the project. The village share is $5,000, the mayor said.
“The county typically bids each of the projects on behalf of the communities or organizations to ensure appropriate wage rates are included and all CDBG requirements and regulations are followed,” the mayor said.
Margaret Phillips has been appointed to the Ward 3 councilman position for the City of Port Clinton. Phillips, of East 11th Street, Port Clinton, was appointed by unanimous vote by Port Clinton central committee members of the Ottawa County Democratic Party.
She will complete the term of Randy Lipstraw, who recently resigned as the councilman for the 3rd ward.