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Members of the Woodmore school board agreed Tuesday by a 4-1 vote to a payment of $29,000 to Cara Brown, a Woodville resident, who filed a lawsuit alleging the board repeatedly violated Ohio’s open records and meeting laws.

A settlement was reached in July by mediation in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Board president Steve Huss cast the sole no vote.

In addition to the payment, the board has undergone a training session by the Ohio School Boards Association and OSBA will monitor future board meetings.

Jeff Chambers, a spokesman for the OSBA, said two staff members of the association were present at Tuesday’s meeting.

It’s almost becoming a quarterly ritual for residents living in the eastern half of the City of Northwood and in Lake Township, including the Village of Millbury; notices arrive from the Northwestern Water & District advising them the allowable levels of a disinfectant by-product have been exceeded.

Notices were distributed earlier this month to consumers along the district’s waterline 200, which is linked to the City of Oregon’ s distribution system. The advisory informs consumers the average level of trihalomethanes during the four quarters prior to the July 1 – Sept. 30, 2015 monitoring period was 0.10 mg/L (milligrams per liter). The allowable standard for TTHM is 0.08 mg/L.

The average level over the four quarters preceding the April 1 – June 30 2015 monitoring was 0.086 mg/L and the average during four quarters prior to the Jan. 1 – March 31 monitoring was 0.092 mg/L.

The Woodmore school board has approved a resolution to proceed with the bidding process for demolishing the former elementary school building but board members are divided on how to meet the district’s need for storage space.

The board Tuesday voted 3-2 for taking the preliminary steps needed to raze the building. A proposal that’s been floated to retain for storage the wing of the building that housed kindergarten and first grade classes drew support from Steve Huss and Julie Bowman, the board’s president and vice president respectively, but Joe Liszak, Dan Hoppe and Corinna Bench voted for the resolution.

A member of the board’s buildings and grounds committee, Bowman said a recent inspection of the wing and materials being stored there, indicates the district is using about 6,000 cubic feet of space for storage.

The City of Northwood Community Cares Committee is hosting a golf outing at noon on Sunday, Oct. 4 at Sugar Creek Golf Course in Elmore to raise funds to develop a community pride day.

Although it is not an officially sanctioned event by the city, proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for the creation of an annual festival starting next year.

City Administrator Bob Anderson said the city wants to have its own city pride event, similar to surrounding communities. Oregon has Oregon Fest and Boomfest, and Walbridge has Rally by the Rails. Northwood is long overdue to have its own festival, he said.

Even Bono, said Anderson, has “Bonofest,” said Anderson.

A small kitten with a torn leg needs a foster home and orthopedic surgery to fight off infection.

An Oregon clinic, Maumee Bay Veterinary Center, is offering to use its relationship with Veterinary Care Foundation, based in Citra, Florida, to help cover costs of the surgery.

On Wednesday, Jeanette Fremont, of Lake Township, was unprepared for a phone call from her brother, who notified her about a kitten he found on US 20, just west of Stony Ridge in Troy Township.

“A kitten came out of the bushes and started following him around, as if it was seeking his attention,” said Fremont. Upon further examination, he noticed that one of the kitten’s front legs had been torn off and it was in need of veterinary care. He didn’t know much about cats, so he called his sister, who did.

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