Elmore going green for energy summit
The Village of Elmore and American Municipal Power are hosting a green energy summit Friday to offer the public, business community, and elected officials an opportunity to learn more about products and services that save energy and are easier on the environment.
The summit is scheduled to coincide with Earth Day on April 15, Mayor Lowell Krumnow said.
The village is organizing the event in the hope it will draw local businesses that manufacture or offer green energy, bio-friendly, and energy-efficient products and services.
American Municipal Power is a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates electric facilities that provide generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power to its members.
“Depending on how many vendors are interested we’ll have space in the Elmore Community Building,” he said, adding a luncheon that will include brief speeches may be held in a building used by the Elmore Historical Society. “If we have to put all the vendors in one building and hold the luncheon in another building we can do that.”
Elected officials from four area counties have been invited, he said.
Doors will be open for businesses and elected officials at 9:30 a.m. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and the public will be admitted from 12:30-5 p.m.
The village has been holding discussions with a solar energy company on placing a solar field on village-owned property on Dischinger Road, the mayor said.
A representative of the company, which the mayor declined to name, will be invited to speak.
In 2006, the village erected a meteorological tower at the Dischinger Road property as part of a study to determine if the location was a viable site for a permanent turbine.
A year’s worth of data indicated the site could support a wind turbine but the village lacks funding for the project and grants are scarce, the mayor said.
Mayor Krumnow said he’s still interested in pursuing developers for an Energy Star housing development for the village but said such a project will have to wait until the housing market recovers.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dennis Jensen is scheduled to begin his duties as county administrator on April 18, the Ottawa County commissioners said.
Jensen will be paid an annual salary of $95,000 and will receive a $5,000 increase after completing a one-year probationary period.
He replaces Jere Witt, who is retiring.
A certified public accountant, Jensen is a 1985 graduate of Oak Harbor High School and a 1989 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting.
He worked in the Columbus, O. office of Deloitte & Touche accounting firm for 10 years, auditing national and international companies in the manufacturing, construction, and insurance industries.
He also worked in the insurance industry for eight years, most recently at Nationwide Insurance, before starting his own business two years ago.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is developing its four-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and is inviting the public to an open house April 13 from 3-6 p.m. at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments offices at 300 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 300, Toledo.
The public can review and make comments on future transportation projects. For additional STIP information access the website: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/TransSysDev/ProgramMgt/STIP.
Division of Planning
Ohio Department of Transportation
1980 West Broad Street
Columbus, O. 43223
Safety council awards
The Ottawa County Safety Council will hold a breakfast and networking meeting April 20 at 8:30 a.m. followed by an awards presentation at 9 a.m. at the Catawba Island Club.
Attorney Carrie Sponseller, of Eastman and Smith, will provide an update on employment regulations.
Those attending are asked to make reservations by 5 p.m. on April 15.
The Ottawa County Board of Development Disabilities monthly meeting will be April 18 at 5 p.m. at the board office, 235 N. Toussaint South Rd., Oak Harbor.
Meetings are open to the public. For information about committee meetings call (419) 898-0400