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Last year, Northwood struggled with reduced revenue that sparked lay-offs and other budget tightening measures, to improve its financial condition. It also put a proposed income tax rate increase on the ballot, which was defeated by voters.
By the end of the year, the city had collected revenue that was approximately $500,000 more than the previous year, thanks to the austere budget cuts.
As the area continues to reel from the economic recession, the city is hoping to change course with a plan that sets goals for the future.
Juvenile Center re-accredited
A two-day audit of the center was conducted in August 2010 and the accreditation was formally approved Jan. 29, Judge Woessner said the facility received a score of 100 percent on all of the standards.
The center serves Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, VanWert, Williams, and Wood counties.
Judge Woessner is the administrative judge of the center.
Regular office hours will resume Feb. 9 at 8:30 a.m.
The Woodmore school board will be making spending cuts, the only question is when and how deep they’ll be.
Superintendent John Fernbaugh said the board has pledged to hold off on implementing major spending cuts until the district has a clearer idea of how much state aid the district will lose in the next biennium budget.
The board last week approved a resolution to place a 3.95-mill, 5-year emergency levy on the May 3 ballot. If voters pass the levy it will generate approximately $600,000 annually for the district, which is facing a deficit in the general fund by July 1, 2012.
For planning purposes, Fernbaugh said, he and the school board are anticipating a cut in state aid of about 10 percent – approximately $335,000 - although some school officials are projecting cuts in the range of 15-20 percent.
Headquartered in Dayton, P&R Communications Service, Inc. has expanded into the northwest Ohio market and moved into an existing building in Oregon at 4910 Wynnscape Drive.
Mike Rausch, general manager of the local P&R, said the wireless communications company moved into the area in October.
Founded in 1961 by Paul Reeves and Robert Pahren, the company was an authorized sales and service shop for Motorola. In 1990, Steve and Dave Reeves purchased the company from their father, Paul, and took over as co-owners of P&R.
The family owned company, described as a consultative comprehensive wireless solutions provider, has grown to over 70 employees, including seven who were hired locally, said Rausch.
Oregon has purchased a solar powered message board that will improve traffic safety.
City council last month unanimously approved the purchase of a Solartech MB2-1548 340 watt solar power full matrix message board with cellular remote and radar from American Construction Equipment Supply, Inc., Maumee, for $19,394.34.
“It’s an LED message board with changeable scrolling copy predominately geared towards vehicle safety,” said Mayor Mike Seferian.
Public Service Director Paul Roman said the message board, which will be purchased through the Federal Supply Schedule Contract Program administered by the General Services Administration (GSA), is to be used for construction projects. He said the city purchased a similar message board in 2008.
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