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Northwood eyes income tax hike or refuse fee
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 15:21

Northwood is drafting two ordinances that would increase revenue and reverse a slide in income tax collections since last year.

Council on May 13 could not decide on which of the two options – placing a quarter percent increase in the income tax rate on the November ballot, or a $10 monthly refuse fee - would be most effective.

A quarter percent income tax increase would be for three years and would bring in $500,000 annually, 80 percent of which would go into the general fund, Administrator Pat Bacon said after the meeting. It would become effective Jan. 1, 2011 if passed by voters.

The city would collect approximately $220,000 annually from a $10 monthly residential trash fee, which would start July 1.

Council, which did not back either option, preferred to give each of the proposed ordinances three readings to give the public time to offer input.

City income tax revenue so far this year is down 18.4 percent or $262,771, compared to the same period last year, according to Mayor Mark Stoner.

If the income tax revenue is still down by 18.4 percent by the end of the year, the city would have to cut $824,000 in expenditures from the 2010 budget.

 
Lake Twp. - Trustees want 4-way stop at Walbridge/Pemberville
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 15:19

A resolution asking for a traffic survey of the intersection of Pemberville and Walbridge roads has been approved by Lake Township trustees, who would like to see the intersection become a four-way stop marked by flashing stop signs.

The resolution asks the Wood County engineer’s office and Ohio Department of Transportation to conduct the survey.

“The intersection of Walbridge and Pemberville roads in Lake Township continues to experience numerous injury accidents and near miss accidents,” the resolution says. “The…trustees wish to request that flashing red-stop signs be added to the Pemberville Road section, making the intersection a four-way stop intersection.”

Currently, the intersection is a two-way stop on Walbridge Road, which is equipped with flashing red stop signs.

A recent accident at the intersection involved Mark Hummer, the township police chief.

The chief was traveling on Pemberville Road earlier this month when a truck on Walbridge Road pulled out in front of him.

 
Oregon - Bronze Star recipient to take part in memorial
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 15:17

At home in Oregon after serving a tour of duty in Iraq, Ralph Berry spends as much time as he can with his two sons.

“I’m a family man. I love the outdoors and like to take them out whenever I can,” says Berry, an Army sergeant who was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor while serving in Iraq.

The medal sits in a closet and Berry says he rarely thinks about it.

“I’d give it back in a minute if it meant some people would not be shot or injured. I don’t even look at it,” he said. “I was just doing my job. I was in the wrong place at the right time.”

The medal certificate praises Berry for his actions during a battle in which he faced “concentrated and high volume of enemy fire” to provide covering fire that prevented his position from being over run and allowed for the evacuation and treatment of his wounded battalion commander.

The medal was presented by then Major General Raymond T. Odierno, who assumed command of U.S. forces in Iraq in September, 2008, following his assignment as the commanding general of Army III Corps from May, 2006 to September, 2008.

 
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