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Come 2015, the village of Oak Harbor’s income tax credit is a thing of the past.

Village council voted earlier this month to eliminate the tax credit that has been in existence for more than 40 years, Village Administrator Randy Genzman said.

Currently, the village collects a 1 percent income tax from village residents who live and work in the village. People who live in the village but work in communities where another tax is collected are exempt from the tax right now.

The income tax collection dates back to 1971 and, last year, brought in just over $680,000, according to records provided by Tax Administrator Kim Mehlow.

The Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, or “land bank”, released 106 East Toledo properties that will be part of its second round of acquisitions.

Of 21 properties in Batch 1, 20 of them are already demolished or scheduled for demolished, while most of the rest have already been acquired, are under the process of acquisition by the land bank, or under review for acquisition proceedings.

The acquisitions and demolitions are the result of a $7.2 million grant from the Ohio Housing Financing Agency, the second-highest total of 11 land banks statewide receiving a combined total $49.5 million to tackle blighted communities. Land bank officials say that includes $1 million specifically earmarked for properties in East Toledo.

MOVING OHIO FORWARD DEMOLITION GRANT - AUGUST 2012-SEPTEMBER 2014
•1031 Albert, sold as side lot
•710 Ashwood, sold as side lot
•1947 Bakewell, sold as side lot
•411 Bassett, demo only
•963 Berry, inactive
•643 Berry, sold as side lot
•617 Berry, sold as side lot
•910 Butler, sold as side lot
•2432 Caledonia St., demo only
•737 Chesbrough, open
•739 Chesbrough, acquired
•741 Chesbrough, sold as side lot
•751 Chesbrough, acquired
•435 Clark, sold as side lot
•864 Clark, demo only
•844 Clark, sold as side lot
•618 Coney Ct., acquired

City council wants more time to consider rehiring Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the Building and Zoning department, after his retirement was accepted at a meeting on Monday.

Mayor Mike Seferian asked council to approve Gilmore’s retirement effective Nov. 30 but followed that up with a request to reappoint him to the position.

Seferian called his retirement “sudden,” but said it was prompted by “some changes in the benefit package” that the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) provides.

“You had to retire before Dec. 1 to keep some of the benefits,” said Seferian. “So we had spoken with Mr. Gilmore after that and expressed our desire to want to keep him in the City of Oregon for about three years to continue on with completing some of the goals we had set up to accomplish in the inspection department. So we have come up with appointment conditions, one of which would be he would come in at a pay range of $10,000 less than what he was getting prior to Nov. 30.”

Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2014 gun hunting season, Dec. 1-7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio’s deer-gun season and hunters took advantage of it and checked 5,360 deer with the cartridges.

Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far (Dec. 8) in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Hunters harvested 75,408 deer during the 2013 deer-gun season.

Until recently, the populations in nearly all of Ohio’s counties were above their target numbers. In the last few years, through increased harvests, dramatic strides have been made in many counties to bring those populations closer toward the goals set by the state. Once a county’s deer population is near goal, harvest regulations are adjusted to maintain the population.

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