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Family farms in Wood and Lucas counties are among the 11 properties totaling nearly 1,000 acres being added this year to the holdings of the Black Swamp Conservancy.

The new properties, which are protected through perpetual land conservation agreements with the conservancy, include:
• Family farms in Wood County (41 acres) and Lucas County (147 acres)

• South Lake Hunt Club, a 71-acre marsh in Ottawa County

• Four farms covering about 320 acres near Delta in Fulton County

• A scenic overlook parcel near Sidecut Metropark in Maumee

• Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve, a 14-acre public park near Lake Erie

• A 73-acre wildlife sanctuary along the Maumee River in Paulding County.

• A 247-acre farm near Tiffin

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Jerusalem Township’s police steering committee is preparing a questionnaire to get feedback from the public on what kind of police services they would like to have.

The committee, which consists of six residents, meets every couple of weeks to discuss options on providing police protection to the township.

“Policing is supposed to represent the population, and we want to know what they want,” said Ron Frederick, a member of the commission.

Voters last November rejected by over a two to one margin a 3.5-mill, one year police levy that would have raised revenue to pay the sheriff to patrol the township.

The township currently receives sheriff’s patrols at no charge from Lucas County. That will end this year. Lucas County commissioners last summer notified nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, that they will be charged for sheriff’s patrols due to budgetary constraints.

The notification sent townships scrambling for ways to raise funds to continue getting their current level of services from the sheriff, or contract with adjacent communities for police protection. To maintain sheriff patrols, Jerusalem Township, which has a population of 3,181 within a 30.4 square mile area, would have been charged $347,000 annually by the sheriff.

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It’s just time.

That is how Woodmore school superintendent Jane Garling describes her decision to retire on June 30.

“A lot of birthdays have passed,” the educator said with a chuckle. Garling worked in the school district 17 years prior to being selected as superintendent four years ago.

Garling said she expects to enjoy retirement by spending a lot of time with family – especially her grandsons who attend Woodmore schools. That includes attending their hockey games – a luxury her schedule now doesn’t always allow.

“I live in the community, so I will be around,” Garling assured, adding she will likely volunteer for projects and events.

Before leaving, however, Garling will put all her energies into passage of a 2.99-mill emergency levy for the school district.

“We’ve been hurt pretty hard by the loss of tangible personal property taxes,” Garling said.

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Columbia Gas of Ohio this week filed its Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) adjustment for March with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), a cost that is considerably less than the cost of natural gas last March.

The GCR of 44 cents per Ccf (100 cubic feet) of natural gas will be 51 cents lower than last March, when it was 95 cents.

Warmer weather decreased the typical residential customers March bill to $91.60, compared to $104.31 last month.

The March bill will be $70.73 lower than last March, which was $162.33.

The March GCR will be in effect from March 1 through March 29.

The low GCR has had an impact on Interstate Gas Supply (IGS), an alternate natural gas supplier hired by the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC), a consortium of communities that includes Oregon, Northwood, Lake Township, Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania, Perrysburg, the Village of Holland, and unincorporated areas of Lucas County. It’s rate is always 3.5 cents per Ccf less than Columbia’s price.

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A final 2010 appropriations budget is expected to go before Genoa Village Council next week.

The village finance committee met Monday to hammer out details for the upcoming year’s budget. Suggestions and recommendations are now in the hands of Village Administrator Garth Reynolds for fine-tuning prior to the presentation to council.

“I am anticipating taking the final appropriations package to council March 1,” Reynolds said Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier this year, council approved a $7,745,000 temporary budget to maintain village operations until the final budget is passed. By law, that budget must be in place by March 30.

The past several months have been spent examining cost-cutting measures and trimming non-essentials. In 2009, the village spent $8,691,000 to run the western Ottawa County government.

Reynolds and Fiscal Officer Charles Brinkman expect the budget to fall closer to $7.5 million to $8 million for annual operations.

 

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