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Two local entrepreneurs have announced they are opening new businesses. Doug Samsen will host a grand opening of his Samsen Furniture Outlet the day after Christmas and Jennifer Roberts has launched a photography and design services company..

Samsen’s new store is located in Perrysburg across from Levis Commons. It will offer close-outs, discontinued styles, fabrics and overstocked merchandise. The store will also carry the clearance and scratch and dent furniture from Samsen’s flagship store located on Rt. 51 in Genoa and Fine Designs located in Sylvania.

Doug Samsen is a second-generation owner of the Genoa store opened by his father Bob Samsen in 1954. He said the 6,600 square-foot store will offer warehouse and factory close-outs of brands found at the Genoa store such as Flexsteel, Ashley and Thomasville as well as Craftmaster and Best Chair.

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Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi urged Oregon Council last Monday to pressure the state Senate to support House Bill 318, which would delay state income tax cuts for two years to offset an $852 million funding gap in the state budget.

Gov. Ted Strickland had planned to use a portion of revenue from slot machines at race tracks for education, but the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the measure cannot go before voters sooner than Nov., 2010.

The Senate has until the end of this month to pass Bill 318, which would postpone for two years the last of five previously scheduled reductions in state income taxes, the amount of which would cover the $852 million shortfall in revenue.

In addition, the state stands to lose more in federal stimulus funds if the bill isn’t passed.

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Oregon Council, by a vote of 6-1, approved a contract last Monday with the Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, Inc., for the design of a new concession stand and restroom facility to serve the recreation department’s new South Recreation Complex.

Councilman Sandy Bihn was opposed.

Last month, council was considering an $11,280 contract with Buehrer for the three-phased project.

Mike Seferian, who was mayor-elect at the time, was opposed, saying the city would be wasting money on a project that may not occur since there are no sanitary sewers at the site, just off Starr Extension. The matter was referred to a Dec. 7 recreation committee meeting for further discussion.

“Council wanted to get some direction with this proposal,” said Seferian, who has since been sworn in as mayor.

“There’s some discrepancy of where this possibly would go,” he added, due to the lack of sewers.

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A Toledo man is planning on opening a trading center in the former Value City Furniture Store at the Great Eastern Shopping Center.

Norm Eisen, of Toledo, will call the center Stormin Normin, which will feature vendors who will sell their goods, according to Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon.

The Plan Commission was cautions about the proposal, she said, out of concerns it would be a flea market.

“We already had a request like that, and it was turned down,” said Bacon. “We don’t want anything tacky or fly by night, with someone setting up card tables to sell their wares. But this is supposed to be a higher caliber shop.”

Eisen went to the board of zoning appeals to get approval for signage, said Bacon.

The Plan Commission has given approval, but with conditions, according to Kimberly Grames, the city’s planning, zoning and economic development coordinator.

“The Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit for one year,” said Grames. Among the conditions: Eisen will have to report to the Plan Commission quarterly “to let them know how things are going,” said Grames.

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Few people will be waiting for Wood County’s distribution of real estate taxes next year with more apprehension than Vicki Schwamberger.

The Lake Township fiscal officer advised the board of trustees Tuesday that the township’s financial condition was “stable” but she had some reservations about 2010.

The trustees Tuesday approved temporary appropriations for the first quarter of the year totaling $1.92 million – the same amount appropriated for the first three months of this year.

Even with a carry-over in revenues of about $2.3 million to next year, Schwamberger said the trustees will have to be on a tight budget until the township receives its first allocation of property taxes sometime in March.  And even then, with the real estate market still shaky, there is no guarantee revenues will be robust.

“We’ll have to watch our nickels and dimes,” she said, noting the township still owes on a 2007 fire engine.

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