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Walbridge touting municipal pool
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 11:53

Walbridge village officials have scheduled June 19 as Family Fun Day at the municipal pool, opening the facility to the public for free from noon to 5 p.m.

        “We want to build support for the pool,” said Mayor Dan Wilczynski. “We want to let people know it’s there, it’s in good shape, and it’s a nice place to spend time with their family.”

        Maureen Jacobsen, who chairs village council’s parks and recreation committee, said there will be games for children in and out of the pool, a dunk tank, a swim lesson clinic about 1 p.m., as well as a raffle and prizes.

        The Walbridge Library will also have activities.

        The Walbridge Festival Committee will provide food.

        The pool, which is located on Parkview Drive, opened June 5 and will be open seven days a week through Labor Day. Hours are noon to 8 p.m.

        Facing a lean operating budget, the village administration had considered leaving the pool closed this summer with the understanding it and other budget cuts could be re-instated if tax revenues increased.

        Mayor Wilczynski sent letters in April to elected officials in Northwood, Millbury, Rossford, and Lake Township, offering residents of those communities membership to the pool and daily admission.

        “In rethinking how we all operate and in hopes of moving other items of each of our operations to a more regional approach, we would like to offer several options to you and your councils for your collective support,” he wrote. “With your support, we will make this offer available to your residents in the same manner that we do with the Walbridge residents.”

        If funding is available, the village will move a fence around the pool farther out to enclose trees on the property, creating an area that would be ideal for picnics, the mayor said.

        “We have some ideas,” he said. “It’s a matter of how to pay for them.”

        The village purchased the pool and five-acre grounds in 1994 for $13,000 from a non-profit corporation formed by residents.

        The mayor said it cost about $40,000 to operate the pool for a season. Revenue from memberships, daily fees, and food concessions typically generate only $23,000.

 
Lake Twp. Police move into temporary quarters
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 10 June 2010 15:06

Athough her office computer had been sitting in two inches of water, Jeanne Rogacki, office manager for the Lake Township Police Department, had it working after drying it out in the hours following the June 5 tornado that destroyed the township administration building.

“I was so concerned, payroll is this week,” she said, adding the computer used by Police Chief Mark Hummer was also salvaged.

Contractors, township personnel, and volunteers had the former Ohio Highway Patrol post on Lemoyne Road – the police department’s new temporary quarters – operational in less than a week after the tornado hit.

Ironically, the township trustees last year approved purchasing the building and property, which has been vacant since 2007 when the Highway Patrol opened a new Wood County post near Bowling Green, and planned to take their time to convert it into an emergency operations center.

The facility is equipped with a 140-foot radio tower and a back-up generator.

Police emergency dispatching service is still being routed through the Northwood Police Department’s 9-1-1 system

 
June 6, 2010
Written by Alyce Fielding   
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 10:08

Photos by Ken Grosjean (The Press) and John Pollock (www.pollock.smugmug.com)

 

 

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