The Genoa school board is looking for persons interested in filling the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Ernest Cottrell.
Mr. Cottrell, who served on the school board for seven years, has accepted an appointment to the Allen Township Board of Trustees where he’ll fill a seat that had been held by Mark Stahl. Mr. Stahl was elected in November to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners.
Persons interested in completing Mr. Cottrell’s term on the Genoa board should submit a letter of interest by Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. to the administration office at 2810 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road.
The term expires Dec. 31, 2009.
Form letters are available from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the office through Jan. 19.
Dennis Mock, school superintendent, said the letters may also be downloaded from the district’s Web site.
Board members must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, and reside in the district.
In addition to the address, phone number, birth date, and education level, the letters ask applicants what special skills or experiences they’d bring to the vacant seat.
“Ernie served seven years as a board of education member and we appreciate his commitment to the district,” Mr. Mock said.
B-C-S board special session
A special work session of the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education will be held Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m. There will be an executive session to discuss personnel matters. The meeting will be held at the board office at 11685 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
Ottawa County commissioners have organized for the year, electing Steve Arndt president and Mark Stahl vice-president.
The commissioners will continue to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mr. Arndt Tuesday said his biggest concern looking ahead is the economy. Expressing guarded optimism the county’s budget for 2009 won’t severely hurt the county’s services and operations, he was concerned counties could face a big strain on revenues next year if the state’s budgetary woes continues.
“We’ve expressed our concern to all the department heads about those elements that are outside our control, namely reimbursements we get from the state and whether those dollars will be there or not,” he said. “The mandates will probably remain, Whether or not the funding follows is another matter. We will get through ’09 but 2010 could be different with the state looking at a major shortfall.”
The state’s fiscal year begins July 1.
“We watch all our expenses and revenues on a monthly basis,” he said. “This year is an opportunity for us to take a look at the value of the various programs we run and are we getting our best utilization in directing our resources. It’s a good time to take stock in what you’re doing.”
Load limits for three bridges in Wood County have been established by the county commissioners.
The commissioners Tuesday approved resolutions setting the limits after receiving a recommendation from the county engineer’s office.
Limits of 30 tons were approved for a Strail Road bridge in Troy Township and bridges on Stony Ridge Road and Layman Road in Webster Township.
Raymond Huber, county engineer, in a Jan. 7 memo to the commissioners recommended the limits after a review of the spans for his office by The Mannik & Smith Group.
The commissioners authorized the engineer’s office to erect signs with the gross load limits, which will go into effect immediately.
Copies of the order will be sent to the county sheriff, township trustees, the Eastwood School District, and Ohio State Patrol.
James Carter was re-elected president of the Wood County Board of Commissioners for 2009 during the board’s organizational meeting Tuesday; Tim Brown was elected vice-president.
As president of the board, Commissioner Carter will serve on Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Board of Trustees and various other boards.
Mr. Brown was named as an alternate to the TMACOG trustee board along with David Steiner, director of the county planning commission. Commissioner Brown will also serve as vice-president of the Northwest Ohio Commissioners and Engineer’s Association for 2008.
Commissioner Alvin Perkins was selected to serve on the county’s Emergency Management Agency Advisory Board and the Local Emergency Planning Committee among other committees.
All three commissioners serve on the Community Improvement Corp.
The commissioners will hold regular meetings on Tuesday and