Daily, thousands are flocking to local Internet cafes in scenes reminiscent of European cafes. The cafes are becoming a gathering place in urban neighborhoods.
Oregon resident Marvin Dabish owns three cafes — one at 3555 Navarre Avenue next to Buffalo Wild Wings in Oregon, at 213 Main Street in East Toledo, and at 536 South Reynolds Road in South Toledo. Like many others, the East Toledo cafe is open 24 hours.
Marvin is president of Players Club Internet Cafe, and his brother Robert Dabish is involved with the marketing. They operate a total of 13 cafes in Ohio and Georgia. In Ohio, they also operate cafes in Columbus, Springfield, Fremont, Fostoria, and Findlay.
Four cafes are owned by Marvin, and the others are franchised. Marvin says they would like to have as many as 50 operating someday.
Marvin, who ran for mayor in Oregon and lost in the primary to then-incumbent Marge Brown and current mayor Mike Seferian, also owns Toledo Food Center grocery store on Main Street in East Toledo.
The brothers say the grocery business requires long hours and hard work, and the cafes are an extension of that business.
The second Denny’s restaurant in Wood County will open Sunday, October 31, 8:00 pm at the Flying J Travel Plaza at 26415 Warns Road in Perrysburg, just off Interstate 280 at exit 16.
The new restaurant is one of 140 locations opening in Flying J Travel Centers across the country during the next two years. Denny’s also plans to open approximately 50 restaurants over the next several years in Pilot Travel Centers.
“We’re excited to bring another Denny’s restaurant to the residents of Perrysburg and Wood County,” Jack Thompson, owner of the new Denny’s in Perrysburg, said. “Denny’s is an American favorite, and we expect our restaurant’s 24-hour operation and menu variety to appeal to both local residents and visitors alike.”
Northwood City Council on Oct. 14 continued to debate the need for more budget cuts, with some questioning whether further cuts could be made without having a serious impact on city services.
Council several weeks ago approved placing a .25 percent municipal income tax increase for three years on the November ballot to counter sluggish income tax revenue collected by the city in the last year. The revenue would provide funds for capital improvements, capital reinvestment and operating expenses.
The city, which currently has a 1.5 percent income tax rate, would see the rate rise to 1.75 percent if the proposal passes.
Council has made deep cuts in the budget and in personnel in nearly every department, including police, fire, and streets, this year.
As Election Day looms, Council President Jim Barton, who is opposed to a tax increase, thought more could be cut from the budget.
Is it time to change the funding criteria for sewer separation projects mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency so communities aren’t left overwhelmed financially by project costs?
A bi-partisan group of congressional representatives thinks so.
Nine members of congress, including Robert Latta, (R-Bowling Green), is asking the EPA to update its 13-year-old set of rules for scheduling projects to separate combined storm and sanitary sewer systems and assessing the financial capabilities of communities undertaking the projects.
The representatives are asking the chairman and ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to have the EPA update its guidance document that was adopted in 1997 for combined sewer overflows.
“…EPA has increased the number of enforcement actions it is pursuing against communities with combined sewer systems. In pursuing these enforcement actions, EPA often requires communities to undertake projects to correct these events often seeking rate increases that amount to 2 percent of the ratepayer’s Median Household Income,” a letter from the representatives to the chairmen says.
Relying on median income as the primary indicator of financial ability doesn’t accurately reflect a community’s ability to undertake the projects or correspond to “an equally determinable water quality improvement,” the letter says.
City Administrator Mike Beasley said last week that he will look into the possible use of wind turbines to power city facilities as a way to cut utility costs.
Beasley said he’s looked at the issue for the last several years, but was not sold on the idea.
“I’ve looked at the issue of using alternative energy sources for public, governmental buildings over the last 10 years or so,” Beasley said at a committee of the whole meeting Oct. 18. “I had a hard time making the math work so that the cost per kilowatt hour, or for a thousand cubic feet of gas, would work right for the governmental side.”
The issue has changed over the years, making it a feasible alternative energy source, he said.
“That really has changed in recent times with the public-private partnership model, which allows a private entity to take advantage of tax credits for the alternative energy product, and at the same time, essentially providing power directly to the governmental entity, or having a lease system so that the governmental entity never has a capital obligation,” said Beasley. “In some models, it cashes out in year one for the governmental entity. So you provide an alternative power source and we save money in year one on our bottom line, while at the same time shifting some of our load to sustainable energy. The wind turbine models look very good.”