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Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 08 July 2010 13:42

Bill aims to stop scam artists in wake of storms
State Representative Dennis Murray (D-Sandusky) is a co-sponsor of a bill that aims to protect homeowners from scam artists posing as contractors after residences are damaged by severe weather.

Murray said the bill will establish several consumer protection practices in home improvement contracts by requiring contracts to be in writing and detail the identity of the contractors.

It will also limit the amount that a homeowner will have to pay as a down payment or deposit for work yet to be completed and requires contractors to maintain a minimal level of insurance.

If it becomes law it would be enforced using remedies available under the existing consumer sales practices act, he said.

Murray represents the 80th district, which includes Erie County and much of Ottawa County.

Matt Patten (D-Strongsville) is also sponsoring the bill.

Credit/debit cards accepted
The Wood County Clerk of Courts has contracted with Official Payments to provide credit and debit card service for transactions at the clerk’s legal and title offices.

Filing fees and court costs may be paid by a card at the legal office and title fees may be paid at the title office.

Cindy Hofner, Clerk of Courts, said Official Payments is a leading provider of electronic payment systems for the IRS, states, municipalities, and colleges.

Road repair bids accepted
The Ottawa County commissioners have approved a bid from Erie Blacktop, Inc., for the resurfacing of Hellwig and Billman roads. The company submitted a bid of $373,809 for the project.

Erie Blacktop has also been awarded a contract for resurfacing other township roads. The company’s bid was $292,414.

The commissioners have also approved a funding agreement with the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for $522,337 to provide 2,160 additional home delivered meals this year to seniors in the county.

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