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The Lake Township trustees have agreed to continue financial support for the Community Care-A-Van service, which provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical and related appointments.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 to the program that services residents in area communities who lack transportation.

The van service area includes East Toledo, Oregon, Walbridge, Northwood, Lake Township, Millbury, and Jerusalem Township.

The program is in its seventh year.

From July, 2009 to March, 2010, the service made 1,624 trips. Almost half of those were for residents between 65 and 74 years old. In that time, almost 60 percent of users were residents of the 43605 ZIP code and 28 percent were from the 43616 ZIP code.

Women were transported on 1,064 trips and men were transported on 560 trips.

A hearing is scheduled for April 30 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in the case of a Woodville woman seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Bruce Winters and could determine if Terri Camp should be re-issued a license.

She pled guilty to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge and served 10 years of a 4 to 10-year sentence that permanently revoked her driving privileges. Ronald Miller, 14, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash on State Route 51 in Clay Township.

State law allows motorists who’ve had their licenses suspended for life to file a motion with the sentencing court to modify or terminate the suspension after 15 years from the start of the suspension if certain requirements are met.

Camp’s case has caused a stir in the community and stimulated heated discussions on blog sites and elsewhere.

Included with her motion is a petition signed by 99 Woodville residents supporting her and noting her participation in a 12-step program called Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS). She had previous drunk driving convictions.

Humane Ohio has a grant that will allow it to spay/neuter 2,600 free-roaming cats in Toledo’s 43609 zip code for free. These cats must come from the 443609 zip code and cannot be owned.

Humane Ohio Clinic Director Lisa Hochradel says, “We are focusing our grant money on the 43609 zip code because statistics from local animal shelters and rescue groups show that the greatest number of cats surrendered to shelters come from that neighborhood. Free-roaming cats are city wide, but we believe we can make a bigger impact if we concentrate on one specific area at a time.”

The organization will work with people in the neighborhood who are already feeding stray cats. Humane Ohio will spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats against rabies for free. They also will give caregivers free cat food when available through the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank, and will offer free training sessions to teach residents about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and to provide helpful information and tips to caregivers.

Humane Ohio points out that cats are territorial animals and form strong bonds with the location they inhabit so they will be returned to where they were found after they recover from their spay/neuter surgery. The group says that relocating free-roaming cats – and convincing them to stay in their new territory – is a difficult, time consuming, and challenging undertaking. Trapping and killing does not solve the problem because new cats will move in and take over the food source.

Oregon Council on Monday will consider approving a contract with One Call Now that includes a GIS mapping system that would allow the city to notify the public of emergencies or events.

The system is used by Wood County, Northwood, Millbury, Walbridge, Lake Township, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, and Rossford.

Michael Scott, from One Call Now, presented the package at an Oregon committee of the whole meeting last Monday. Council agreed to put it on its agenda for the next Oregon council meeting.

Scott said One Call Now is an emergency call out telephonic system.

“There’s two basic sides to the product: a map based system, and a roster based system. Essentially, this is used for emergencies and non-emergencies. The map based system is there in case you need to call a particular portion of the system. For example, if you have a water boil emergency, a road closure, or a chemical spill that doesn’t involve the entire city, you’ll be able to go to that map based system, draw the area you want to contact, and it’s going to contact everyone within that particular area…via telephone,” explained Scott.

“We can make about 12,000 calls per minute, so this is a very quick system. As a matter of fact, we probably won’t call that quickly just from the standpoint we don’t want to overwhelm your telephone system here within the city. We do some studies prior to determining how quickly those calls need to go out. But rest assured, we’ll put those calls out as quickly as possible,” he said.

Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley told council at a recent meeting that income tax collections were down by 16 percent, or $250,000, for the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter last year.

“I wanted to give a little heads up on revenue as we get through the first quarter of the year. It’s been clear that many of our neighbors are facing revenue challenges. The city to the south of us has had more challenges than we have. Oregon is not immune to that,” said Beazley, referring to Northwood, which has been cutting its budget and personnel in the last two years due to a reduction of income tax collections.

“We are fortunate that we’ve built up a very responsible and healthy reserve in recent years,” he said. “But our revenue to date for the first quarter is coming in at a slower pace than at any time in the last several years. Even the less volatile sections, like payroll withholding, which is kind of the steadiest historically, is coming in at a considerably lower rate. This is just something that we have to be aware of as we look forward.”

The city, he added, has a considerable reserve built up over the years to be used in emergencies or during recessions.

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