The Press Newspaper
Residents in 16 Ottawa County townships and municipalities will decide Tuesday if they want to form a governmental purchasing group to buy electrical power.
Proposals to authorize trustees in 12 townships, council members in three villages, and city council in Port Clinton to enter into electrical aggregation agreements will be on the May 4 ballot.
“What we’re trying to do is get a savings for our residents,” said Wayne Fondessy, a member of Clay Center Village Council.
He said the idea for placing the measures on the ballot came up during the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments winter meeting in Perrysburg.
Ohio law allows communities to form aggregated buying pools on behalf of their residents to purchase natural gas and electrical power.
The proposals in Ottawa County would, if passed, establish “opt-out” aggregation – a program that automatically enrolls local residents unless they individually opt-out of the program.
Townships with the aggregation issue on Tuesday’s ballot include Allen, Bay, Benton, Carroll, Catawba, Clay, Danbury, Erie, Harris, Portage, Put-in-Bay, and Salem; villages include Clay Center, Marblehead, and Rocky Ridge. The City of Port Clinton is also on the ballot
At the recent East Toledo Family Center Renaissance Ball, the East Toledo Neighborhood House Alumni Association recognized Bob Yenrick and William Cummings as Distinguished Citizens.
Born and raised in East Toledo, Bob Yenrick married Dianna Schultz, also a Waite graduate, in 1972. He is the father of four Waite graduates – Robert, Chad, Mathew and Christopher, and has five grandchildren, Rebekah, Skyler, Palmer, Olivia and Sydah.
Yenrick credits his mentors, Robert and Jane Yenrick, Bill Matile, Carl Yenrick and Warren Densmore for the person he is today.
He attended elementary school at the old East Side Central Elementary, Oakdale Elementary and then the New East Side Central Elementary. After graduating from Waite 1970, he attended a four-year apprentice program required by Toledo Edison. During this period, Yenrick played on the last basketball team that Warren Densmore coached at the Neighborhood House.
Yenrick has coached and volunteered in South Toledo, Rossford, at Boys and Girls Clubs, the Friendly Center, Waite, City of Toledo Recreation Program, CYO and the Family Center. He worked with the Family Center to create tee ball, soccer and basketball leagues at all levels. In addition, he coached for nearly 30 years.
Proposed laws and resolutions passed by local governments have traditionally been weighed down with legal jargon that makes little sense to the public, who often has to navigate around such words as “whereas,” “hereby,” “herewith,” and “thereby” in an attempt to understand what is actually being passed.
In an effort to make the documents less confusing, Oregon is looking at improving the language of proposed measures on their agendas to make them clearer and more transparent to the public.
Administrator Mike Beazley said communities across the country are drawing up their proposed ordinances “in plain language.”
“Other than for ceremonial ordinances or resolutions, it would eliminate the `whereas’s and replace it with the plain language summary and background. It’s something I want to do. Ultimately, it’s council’s call. Instead of poetry, we’d have prose,” said Beazley.
When the city buys a truck, for instance, the summary background would note why the purchase was needed, that there’s money in the budget to purchase the truck, and that the city received bids to purchase the truck “in a plain language system rather than `whereas, whereas, whereas,’” said Beazley.
Northwood City Council voted 4-1 in favor of an ordinance that amends the city’s taxation code to eliminate the 10 percent income tax disbursement into the capital replacement fund and reallocate it into the general fund.
Currently, there is approximately $1 million in the capital replacement fund. Finance Director Toby Schroyer said the 10 percent income tax disbursement into the fund each year was approximately $300-$400,000. Since all capital replacement expenditures have been frozen, the $1 million will remain in the fund and be used only for emergencies.
The ordinance only requires future capital replacement disbursements be reallocated to the general fund.
The city hopes to reduce the strain on the general budget, which has been cut as a result of fewer income tax collections in the last 12 months.
Before the ordinance, the city had disbursed 70 percent of income taxes into the general fund, 20 percent into the capital improvements fund, and 10 percent into the capital replacement fund.
Now that council has voted to eliminate the capital replacement fund, 80 percent of the income tax will be disbursed into the general fund, and 20 percent into the capital improvements fund.
Oregon City Council unanimously agreed at a meeting April 26 to create the full-time position of “environmental specialist” for three years to develop, implement, coordinate and manage the city’s Stormwater Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Reduction Program.
The program is a requirement of the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit that must be established by June, 2012, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
The position will also help the department with other environmental issues related to the wastewater treatment plant’s NPDES permit requirements, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stormwater phase II regulations, Wolf Creek Riparian Corridor project and Big Ditch Wetland Mitigation documentation, inspection, and reporting, according to Roman.
The main reason to create the position instead of hiring a consultant is to save money by not paying overhead and profit, as well as travel expenses to a company or firm, according to Roman.
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