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SLL members looked at a 12-team format
The goal of superintendents of the Eastwood, Genoa, Woodmore, Lake, and Otsego districts is to form an  eight-school league that will include Rossford, says Brent Welker, Eastwood superintendent, in his weekly newsletter.

After Lakota announced its intent to leave the Suburban Lakes League and join the Midland Athletic League in the 2009-10 season, superintendents from Genoa, Otsego, Lake, Woodmore, and Eastwood voted in favor of admitting Rossford to the SLL while those from Elmwood and Gibsonburg voted against.

That 5-2 vote didn’t meet the criteria set by league rules for admitting new members, leaving the districts to try and hammer out some type of agreement.

“Over the course of the last year this league has struggled to find a team that could garner 6 out of 7 needed votes for admitting a team to the league,” Welker writes. “There have been numerous formal and informal discussions surrounding the league.

“Eastwood had two goals – get to an 8-team league and try to preserve the current SLL relationships. Late this winter we reached a breaking point with the other four schools and were ready to leave the league and join with Rossford. However, we decided one last time to try to and find some solution that kept the remaining seven SLL schools together, In a league meeting on March 24 at the SERC building, we decided to try and form a 12-team league with a large and small school division. Promises were made at the meeting, which were supposed to give the larger schools significant autonomy to choose the two teams for that division. Similar promises were made to the smaller schools to choose three teams for their division. When the same two schools who had opposed Rossford indicated that they were going to reject one of the larger schools we had proposed, our interest in a 12-team solution ended.”

Rossford is a member of the Northern Lakes League. After its school board last month declared its intent to join with the five SLL schools, the superintendents of those schools drafted a letter stating their intent to withdraw from the SLL after the 2010-11 season.


Sheriff hospitalized
Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton was expected to be in the hospital for about one week after his surgery.

Chief Deputy Randy Riedmaier was put in charge of the department during Sheriff Bratton’s absence.

The sheriff went to the St. Charles Hospital emergency room May 29 and was transported to the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center for more extensive testing. Doctors determined he would require surgery, which was scheduled for last Monday.


Storm water plan
Ottawa County officials met May 28 to prepare a storm water management plan for the county.

The plan follows National Pollution Discharge Elimination System regulations that are enforced by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and covers sections of Clay and Allen townships that fall under the NPDES.

Crystal Dymond, storm water technician with the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, said the plan sets goals to promote water quality by focusing on education programs, public involvement, construction site erosion and sediment controls, illicit discharge detection and elimination, and planning for hazardous waste disposal for county and township facilities.

Also participating in the planning effort were Steve Arndt, Jim Sass, and Mark Stahl, county commissioners; Lee Yackee and Don Hoeft, Clay Township trustees, and Dan Johnson, an Allen Township trustee.

In the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments service area, 34 political jurisdictions are subject to EPA Stormwater NPDES Permits. The permits are classified as Phase I for large cities and Phase II for other urbanized jurisdictions. NPDES permit requirements are based on populations and U.S.  Census Bureau Urbanized Area boundaries.


Meeting change
The board of supervisors of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District will meet June 9 at 7:30 a.m. The original meeting time of 8:30 a.m. was changed due to schedule conflicts.


Office closing 3 days
The Ottawa County Board of Elections office will be closed June 15-17 while the staff attends the summer  conference of the Ohio Association of Election Officials. Regular office hours will resume June 18 at 8:30 a.m.

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