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Voters in Lucas County will decide on seven levy requests next week.

The November 8 ballot will include a 0.7 mill renewal for the 9-1-1 Public Safety communication system, a 0.75 mill property tax renewal for the Toledo Zoo; a 0.17 mill property tax renewal for the Imagination Station; a 1.4 mill property tax renewal and 0.4 mill additional tax for Lucas County Children’s Services; a 2.9 mill property tax renewal for the Toledo-Lucas County Library; the three-quarter percent income tax renewal for the City of Toledo, and a 1.5 mill levy renewal for the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

Now that volunteers at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge have tagged more than 100 monarch butterflies, they’re hoping that some of the tags will be recovered next spring in Mexico.

 The volunteers, organized as Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, joined forces with refuge staff to tag 107 of the butterflies and, in turn, learn more about the monarch’s migration to wintering grounds in the south.

 Updates will be provided through emails. Visit www.friendsofottawanwr.com to join the list.

Two candidates for a seat on the Wood County Board of Commissioners have roots in governance at the local level and both see a need for the next board to foster better communication with municipalities and townships.

 Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, a Democrat, said his experience as the current president of Wood County Mayor’s Association and serving on several committees of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments have shown him a need for improved communications between the county seat and local communities to “move the county forward.”

 “I believe commissioners should be representatives of the entire county and be more engaged in local communities to strengthen Wood County as a whole,” he said.

 The union representing the teachers of the Woodmore school district has rescinded its vote of no confidence in Jaime Pearson, the district treasurer.

 The Woodmore Education Association last Wednesday announced its decision to rescind its vote from earlier this year, saying its members look forward to working collaboratively in the future.

 “At this time, the Woodmore Education Association members are confident in our treasurer and her ability to continue to meet the financial needs of our district, our community and our students. We feel this is a very positive step for Woodmore Local Schools and look forward to working collaboratively toward a brighter future," the union’s statement says.

Oregon officials are proposing a day shift in the volunteer fire department in an attempt to improve response times.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association (OFCA) conducted a study this summer that looked at fire department service delivery and demands of service, as well as an examination of the condition of the three fire station facilities. Based on the study, the city will make recommendations on personnel and fire station upgrades that are expected to be implemented next year.

Fire Station 41 is located at 5002 Seaman Road; Station 42 is located at 1102 S. Wheeling Street; and Station 43, at 4421 Bayshore Drive. Although the study showed the stations were outdated and in need of upgrades, City Administrator Mike Beazley said the top priority is to make personnel changes to improve response times. The fire station improvements, which may include the construction of a new fire station, will come later.

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