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In Ottawa County - Electric aggregation on Tuesday’s ballot
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:25

Residents in 16 Ottawa County townships and municipalities will decide Tuesday if they want to form a governmental purchasing group to buy electrical power.

Proposals to authorize trustees in 12 townships, council members in three villages, and city council in Port Clinton to enter into electrical aggregation agreements will be on the May 4 ballot.

“What we’re trying to do is get a savings for our residents,” said Wayne Fondessy, a member of Clay Center Village Council.

He said the idea for placing the measures on the ballot came up during the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments winter meeting in Perrysburg.

Ohio law allows communities to form aggregated buying pools on behalf of their residents to purchase natural gas and electrical power.

The proposals in Ottawa County would, if passed, establish “opt-out” aggregation – a program that automatically enrolls local residents unless they individually opt-out of the program.

Townships with the aggregation issue on Tuesday’s ballot include Allen, Bay, Benton, Carroll, Catawba, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, Put-in-Bay, and Salem; villages include Clay Center, Marblehead, and Rocky Ridge. The City of Port Clinton is also on the ballot

 
Four honored at Family Center’s annual Renaissance Ball
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:23

At the recent East Toledo Family Center Renaissance Ball, the East Toledo Neighborhood House Alumni Association recognized Bob Yenrick and William Cummings as Distinguished Citizens.

Born and raised in East Toledo, Bob Yenrick married Dianna Schultz, also a Waite graduate, in 1972. He is the father of four Waite graduates – Robert, Chad, Mathew and Christopher, and has five grandchildren, Rebekah, Skyler, Palmer, Olivia and Sydah.

Yenrick credits his mentors, Robert and Jane Yenrick, Bill Matile, Carl Yenrick and Warren Densmore for the person he is today.

He attended elementary school at the old East Side Central Elementary, Oakdale Elementary and then the New East Side Central Elementary. After graduating from Waite 1970, he attended a four-year apprentice program required by Toledo Edison. During this period, Yenrick played on the last basketball team that Warren Densmore coached at the Neighborhood House.

Yenrick has coached and volunteered in South Toledo, Rossford, at Boys and Girls Clubs, the Friendly Center, Waite, City of Toledo Recreation Program, CYO and the Family Center. He worked with the Family Center to create tee ball, soccer and basketball leagues at all levels. In addition, he coached for nearly 30 years.

 
Oregon looks at making laws easier to understand
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:22

Proposed laws and resolutions passed by local governments have traditionally been weighed down with legal jargon that makes little sense to the public, who often has to navigate around such words as “whereas,” “hereby,” “herewith,” and “thereby” in an attempt to understand what is actually being passed.

In an effort to make the documents less confusing, Oregon is looking at improving the language of proposed measures on their agendas to make them clearer and more transparent to the public.

Administrator Mike Beazley said communities across the country are drawing up their proposed ordinances “in plain language.”

“Other than for ceremonial ordinances or resolutions, it would eliminate the `whereas’s and replace it with the plain language summary and background. It’s something I want to do. Ultimately, it’s council’s call. Instead of poetry, we’d have prose,” said Beazley.

When the city buys a truck, for instance, the summary background would note why the purchase was needed, that there’s money in the budget to purchase the truck, and that the city received bids to purchase the truck “in a plain language system rather than `whereas, whereas, whereas,’” said Beazley.

 
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