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Toledo, Ohio & Lake Erie

The Press Newspaper

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Circuit of flood plain elevation markers planned
The Ottawa County engineer’s office has begun work on a circuit of survey points to establish a benchmark for flood plain elevations.

New flood insurance rate maps will become effective in 2012, greatly increasing the need for the circuit, said David Brunkhorst, county engineer.

Last year, as revenue continued to plummet in Northwood, council was faced with either making more budget cuts, or finding a new revenue source to maintain its current level of services.

For months, Mayor Mark Stoner and city council debated several options, including reducing the tax credit for residents who worked outside the city, charging a fee for garbage pickup, and increasing the income tax rate. Stoner and council decided to make deep budget cuts in all city departments, including the safety services provided by the fire and police departments. Among the cuts in the fire department made by Stoner, and approved by council, were a hiring freeze, and the elimination of a two person crew who manned Station 1 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Later, council reluctantly agreed to put a .25-percent income tax increase on the November ballot, which was soundly defeated by voters.

In an article in the May 23 issue of The Press, it reported that Dorothy Gackstetter was recognized as the first recipient of the Community Service Senior Hall of Fame award for her contributions to county senior programs.

Among her cited contributions was designing and creating three Elliston, Ohio signs to recognize the achievements of American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox. The sign project was a collaboration with local artist Bob Poiry.

 

A state agency has agreed to fund loans for the fourth phase of the Village of Genoa’s storm sewer installation plan.

The Ohio Public Works Commission recently notified village officials of the preliminary approval for the project slated to cover the northwest section of town, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said.

The work covers Superior Street, near 17th Street, and West Street, between 15th and 17th streets.

Oregon City Council last week agreed to rehire former Law Director Paul Goldberg, who retired last month.

Goldberg retired on April 30 and will collect his pension. He was rehired by the city at a reduced salary at a June 13 council meeting. He is required to wait 60 days after April 30 before returning to his post.

Under his new contract, Goldberg will receive an annual salary of $49,000 as law director. He was paid about $170,000 in that position before he had retired.

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