Oregon City Council on Monday will consider authorizing Finance Director Kathy Hufford to make supplemental appropriations and interfund and intrafund transfers on an as-needed basis for fiscal year 2011.
Hufford at a committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 7 called the proposed ordinance a standard item.
“This includes all the transfers that were included in the 2011 budget, and also includes items that are reconciling the 2010 transfers from the budgeted amount to the actual cost that were incurred in 2010,” she said.
There are also supplemental appropriations for Information Services for Capital Expenditure items that were not included in the 2011 budget, an appropriation for the fire department for a grant from The Andersons for the purchase of ice and/or water rescue equipment, and an appropriation for additional costs for the Big Ditch project, she said.
The village of Genoa’s Public Works Supervisor Kevin Gladden has been hired as the new village administrator.
Village council has unanimously selected Gladden, who has been serving in the position since the departure of former administrator Garth Reynolds in late 2010.
He will be paid $60,000 annually to serve in the dual role as administrator and public works supervisor. Last year, he was paid approximately $48,000 for the supervisor position. He also will not be placed on a contract, which was standard for previous administrators.
In addition, the council motion includes a six-month probation period. Gladden and council will then review his service and analyze if any changes need to be made in the job description.
State Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) has offered testimony on a bill he says will clarify responsibilities for maintaining grade separations over the Ohio Turnpike.
Testifying before the House Transportation, Public Safety, and Homeland Security Committee Wednesday, Damschroder said House Bill 40, which he is sponsoring, would ensure the Ohio Turnpike Commission is responsible for major maintenance, repair, and replacement of grade separations at intersections of any turnpike project with county and township roads. Routine maintenance would be the responsibility of counties or townships.
The impetus behind the bill, he said, stems from problems in Sandusky County but the bill, if passed, would affect all counties straddling the turnpike and could also save them money if they have similar issues.
An open house for Ottawa County property owners, lenders, insurance firms, and real estate professionals to review a preliminary flood insurance study will be held Feb. 28 in the multi-purpose room at the Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The open house will be held from 4-7 p.m.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources are hosting the event and will be available for one-on-one discussions. Recently completed flood insurance rate maps will also be on display for review by residents.
Flood insurance rate maps are considered the official maps on which FEMA delineates special hazard areas and risk premium zones applicable to communities.
City plows, while clearing streets of snow in the last couple of weeks, have inadvertently covered fire hydrants, raising concerns in Oregon about the ability of the fire department to find them to fight a possible fire.
City Councilman James Seaman said at a meeting last week that he had just cleared snow from his front yard when a city plow sprayed additional snow onto the apron of his driveway and onto a nearby fire hydrant.
“It’s a safety concern. We’re having a banner year for snow. In front of my house, I have a fire hydrant. By the time I’m shoveling the apron of my driveway, the plows, which are coming through real nicely, are plowing the snow up. It’s almost like it’s not there anymore,” Seaman said of the hydrant. “I’m sure it’s like that in other parts of the city.”
The possibility of the fire department not being able to access or find a hydrant at a time when people are increasingly using auxiliary heaters in their homes as a result of the snow and cold temperatures, said Seaman, is very real.