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The Ottawa County commissioners are reminding vendors that the sales and use tax rate will increase to 6.75 percent on July 1.

The current rate is 6.5 percent.

Vendors may apply for reimbursement for the cost of adjusting their cash registers. Application forms are available on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

The commissioners earlier this year approved the tax increase after the county budget was hit by falling revenues and the prospect of being reimbursed by the state to meet the cost of required programs and services appears to be less likely.

With the increase, the county’s share will be 1.25 percent and the state portion will be 5.5 percent.

Steve Arndt, a commissioner, said the 0.25 percent increase will be in effect for three years and then automatically end.

“State funding for many services has been dropping,” he said when the commissioners voted for the increase. “Unfortunately we are the delivery point for those services and it really puts a bind on us. We’re at the point it’s going to reach core services.”

Temporarily, the new address for Lake High School will be 2249 Tracy Rd, Northwood, O.

The Lake Board of Education has accepted an offer to use the Owens Community College Center for Development and Training building on Tracy Road as the district’s high school for the 2010-11 school year.

Members of the Owens and Lake administrations announced the agreement last week at the 53,000-square-foot building.

More than 430 Lake High School students – grades nine through 12 - were left without a school by the June 5 tornado that swept through the Lemoyne Road campus.

The center includes 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, 34 offices, two reception areas, and 12 learning laboratories.

County promoting instant alerts for residents

In the wake of the June 5 tornado that hit Allen Township after sweeping through neighboring communities, Ottawa County officials are urging residents to sign up for instant alerts, which are issued for severe weather and other emergencies.

The alerts are sent by text messages, pages, or email.

The county uses Inspiron Logistics’ Wireless Emergency Notification System to provide the emergency alerts to residents. Brush Wellman, Inc. pays for the subscription service.

For information about the service contact the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency, (419) 734-6900.

To register, residents should visit www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ottawacoema/index.html.


Brief reports
It is customary at meetings of the Lake Township trustees for department heads to give monthly reports detailing what their departments did the prior month. With the tornado destroying the township administration building and damaging the grounds, scattering many records to the winds, however, the reports for May were a little sketchy. Still, some department heads found some humor in the situation.

Mainstreet Church is going to miss 37-year-old Millbury resident Ryan Lance Walters.

Walters became the third family member to pass away as a result of injuries suffered when a tornado destroyed his home near midnight on June 5. The four members of the Walters family attended Mainstreet Church, which has two Walbridge campuses.

According to news reports, Ryan’s wife Mary and five-year-old son Hayden Walters had gone to bed before the tornado hit. Both were killed before extended family members could warn them. Ryan, initially hospitalized, passed away June 13 at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center surrounded by his family.

“I knew them very well,” said Mainstreet Church pastor Marty Pennington. “Both Ryan and Mary were very active in our church. Mary served in our nursery ministries, Ryan was an IT (information technology) guy by training, and he helped manage our IT systems here at the church as a volunteer.”

When Mary and Hayden passed away, Pastor Pennington posted this Bible verse on the church’s website, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope.” from 1 Thessalonians 4:13.

The Lake Township trustees have agreed to waive zoning permit fees for construction projects stemming from damage caused by the June 5 tornado.

Meeting in the chambers of Walbridge Village Council Tuesday because the township administration building on Cummings Road was severely damaged, the trustees approved a motion recommended by Dave Miesmer, township zoning inspector, to temporarily waive the fees.

Miesmer noted that permits aren’t needed for projects such as repairing roofs or replacing siding and said his office would be issuing what he called “courtesy zoning certificates” to expedite larger projects.

Richard Welling, a trustee, said he’s asked the Wood County building inspection department to schedule to have an inspector in the township periodically so residents don’t have to go to Bowling Green for construction-related matters.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the township’s administration is steadily getting back to normal.

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