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The village of Genoa’s police chief has high hopes for a decent turnout at an April 5 meeting to organize a Block Watch program.

“The notices were sent out in water bills,” said Police Chief Bob Bratton. “We should have a good crowd – if the number of people who’ve told me they saw the notices in the water bills is any indication.”

The fate of Walbridge Elementary School and the jobs of more than 20 employees of the Lake Local School District will be decided Wednesday night when the school board votes on a proposed austerity plan aimed at reducing spending by just under $1.2 million.

Treasurer Jeff Carpenter said the loss of revenues from the state and a loss of local property tax revenues due to lower valuations are putting a tight squeeze on the district’s operating funds.

Area motorists will have a chance to test their driving skills while distracted Friday April 6 at the Oregon Municipal Complex.
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driver Simulator will be at the complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The simulator challenges participants to navigate streets and highways while talking on a cell phone, texting, and listening to passenger conversations.
The simulator is a component of the transportation department’s road safety campaign Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe, which is part of the state’s goal of reducing road fatalities by 5 percent over the next three years.
In 2010, Ohio law enforcement agencies reported 39 fatalities, 454 serious injuries, and 12,140 crashes that could be attributed to distracted driving.
Robert Momany, vice president of programs and services of the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, said the council and SSOE are sponsoring the simulator to raise awareness of the danger of using cell phones and texting while driving.
He said appointments are not needed.

 

Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton said Thursday he accepts full responsibility for not properly accounting for expenditures from the department’s Furtherance of Justice Fund but says he felt blindsided by the press release issued by state auditor David Yost which portrayed Bratton as spending more than $9,000 on personal items.

In May 2011, during the county’s routine financial audit, state examiners reviewing the sheriff’s office use of FOJ fund found purchases for medications and Cedar Point Amusement Park season passes. That triggered an examination by a special audit task force that expanded the scope of audit into all FOJ expenditures.

While the Lake school board Tuesday formally approved spending cuts of about $1.15 million, board members also let residents know there would likely be a request for additional operating funds on the ballot this year.

But even if voters approve more millage, the cuts to teaching and non-teaching personnel, the reduction of the kindergarten program, and the closing of Walbridge Elementary School will remain in place, according to the board and administration.

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