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After more than five years of discussion, a Joint Economic Development District agreement has been forged by the Village of Elmore and Woodville and Harris townships.

With the final hurdle for the formation of the district - approval by the Ohio Development Services Agency – in place, economic development officials in Ottawa and Sandusky counties are ready to promote the district that encompasses about 88 acres of land along State Route 51 and Exit 5A of the Ohio Turnpike

The Sugar Creek Economic Development District will be overseen by a board of directors whose membership will include one person representing the village, one person representing the townships, one person representing owners of businesses in the district and one representing employees. Those members will select a chairperson.

Work has begun on a new Hampton Inn near the Sonic Drive-In Restaurant on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.

“They have started the project,” Mayor Mike Seferian said last week.

The developers sought a buffer variance from the Oregon Planning Commission for the west end of the lot, he said.

“There were some residents who were inquiring whether they were going to have to put a fence up at the back of the parcel. It was a concern of theirs,” said Seferian. “They are not required to put up a fence by our zoning code or our buffering code.”

For the first time since its inception, the Oak Harbor Public Library will have a levy request for funding on the ballot.

Voters in the library’s legal service area, which encompasses the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District, will decide a 1-mill, 5-year levy on the Nov. 4 ballot. If passed, it will generate about $360,000 annually for the library.

Lina Hall, library director, said the revenues will be used to restore cuts that were enacted to offset the loss of state funding, including reduced hours of operation and reductions in the purchase of books and other materials.

An aging furnace may also be replaced, she said.

Village council is calling for a full account of all its contributions to the annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival.

The event, which takes place the second weekend of October each year, is the single major event for the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce that attracts more than 25,000 people. Fest highlights include a royalty contest, grand parade, classic car show, a 5K run, kiddie tractor pull and entertainment. The fest celebrates its 36th year Oct. 11-12.

Chamber Executive Director Val Winterfield attended an early September village council meeting to receive her annual assurances that council members are on board with the regular closing of portions of streets (including the major thoroughfares of Water and Church streets) for the fest activities. No problem, they said.

Gusty winds put Genoa Street Fair vendors on alert Saturday.

“We had to take our tent down,” Graymont Dolmite employee Tina Brough chuckled. “Now we’re just trying to hold down the merchandise.”

Her co-workers kept vigil at the table along the Main Street business district with hands covering piles of giveaways for the community, including sunglasses, fly swatters, Frisbees, pens, pocket savers and environmentally-safe, reusable grocery bags.

Blue skies and dry weather prevailed most of the day but breezes of 10 to 15 mph preceded a series of severe thunderstorms that raged across Northwest Ohio and Michigan at nightfall – after most of the fair events had wrapped up, including the classic car show.