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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.

 

After 35 years and millions of investment, River East Economic Revitalization Corporation has closed its doors.

The East Toledo-based Community Development Corporation assisted and educated the local business community, created and maintained jobs, operated a business incubator, and redeveloped existing buildings and vacant land, in particular, brownfield sites.

A recent real estate assessment on the Lucas County website had 53 properties listed as being owned by River East Corporation, but former board members say those properties have been sold or have been negotiated for sale and are awaiting closing.

“Fifty-three properties is a lot — that basically has been whittled down to nothing,” said Neil MacKinnon, an east side businessman who served over 10 years on the board. “We didn’t file for bankruptcy and we worked out agreements with the creditors and everybody has been very creative working with us.”

River East is best known for The Docks in International Park, the renovation of the historic Weber Block at Main and Front, Starboardside Condominiums, and its role in nurturing the proposed Marina District.

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The Oregon Economic Development Foundation is cautioning its members to beware of an individual who is contacting businesses claiming to be conducting a survey for the city.

Gary Thompson, executive director of the Foundation, sent e-mails out to members this week, saying the individual is asking detailed business questions.

“Please be informed that the City of Oregon is not conducting any kind of survey, nor do they have anyone soliciting area businesses. If you receive this call, please handle it appropriately according to your own procedures understanding that the person on the other end of the phone is not from the City of Oregon,” states the e-mail.

Thompson told The Press that the city had contacted him to ask that he send out the e-mails to Foundation members.

The city received a complaint from a local businessman who had received a call from someone identifying themselves as “Keith” who claimed to be conducting a survey for the city. The man asked how many employees were in the business, and wanted to know its annual payroll. When the businessman asked Keith his last name, he hung up the phone.

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