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Contractors will have to be hired to fix two of the more serious water system leaks detected in a recent survey of the Village of Genoa’s distribution lines.

The news comes on the heels of Aqua Line of Findlay’s annual check of the system. Village officials have spent $2,500 yearly for about a decade to have the company evaluate its system.

“If anything we end up saving,” said Public Works Director Kevin Gladden. After leaks were found and fixed, “We are probably at 10 percent water loss overall. That’s pretty good,” he said.

Aqua Line reported to village council in August that the Genoa water system is losing an estimated 5,000 gallons per day, according to Garth Reynolds, Village Administrator.

Genoa maintains its own system lines but receives water by contract from the City of Oregon. The village can receive up to 1 million gallons per day. Currently, Genoa uses about 300,000 to 350,000 gallons per day, Gladden said. The bulk of that usage is tied to service to the Ohio Turnpike maintenance garage and travel station as well as Guardian Industries, the director explained.

Village workers have fixed some of the smaller line leaks, including those associated with several fire hydrants. However, two other projects, including a main pressure line, will have to be done by professionals, Reynolds said.

On May 14 and 15, Marine Corps veteran Nick Haupricht arranged for Vietnam-era pin-up girl Chris Noel to be keynote speaker at dinner banquets at Oregon’s Dunsberger American Legion Post and Northwood VFW Post 2984.

Haupricht says there was another event that was supposed to happen that weekend, but did not.

On May 16, a ceremony was planned to commemorate a section of a WWII Monument granite being brought to Toledo from a quarry in New England. Noel was to be present, along with other community and political leaders, including Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.

Haupricht was also expecting 7,000 to 9,000 motorcyclists, but the event was cancelled. On September 17, Haupricht filed a lawsuit against U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur claiming he was “misguided” by her staff.

Haupricht is seeking over $3,400 in Toledo Municipal Court for money he spent to organize, process applications, send fliers to over 400 motorcycle clubs, and to advertise the event. That includes $1,405 Haupricht said he spent on advertising to inform the public the event was cancelled.

Northwood Councilman Dave Gallaher will be forming a committee to review the city’s charter. Among the possible amendments: cutting the number of council members from seven to three.

Gallaher came up with the idea at a council meeting this month as a way to save money.

“We’re cutting off the legs of this city, and if we want to save money, it’s very simple,” Gallaher said to council. “Put it to the people and ask them what they think.  The devil’s in the details. We’ll have to work on this a little bit. But there isn’t a department in this city that hasn’t been cut. I’m suggesting that we put it on the ballot and let the people decide how many people they need to represent them.”

A council member’s annual salary is $7,000.

The city has made painful budget cuts and layoffs in the last two years due to a shrinking tax base caused by the economic recession.

Councilman Ed Schimmel said reducing the number on council to three would “be really cutting it close as far as having a quorum.”

“If you said five, I’d probably be fine with that,” said Schimmel.

Demolition of the Lake High School building could begin this week after the school board and the district’s insurer reached an agreement the building should be completely razed.

Tim Krugh, board president, Thursday said the board and Traveler’s Insurance Co. concluded negotiations that morning with the company agreeing to the full coverage limit of $19.1 million for the building.

Traveler’s had taken the position that about half of the building - mostly classroom and office space in the west end  - was salvageable and could be repaired.

“It took a little longer than we would have liked but the outcome was good,” Krugh said. “The settlement allows us to move forward in earnest with the rebuilding process.”

Negotiations between the parties stretched over three months since the June 5 tornado swept through the area.

Jim Witt, district superintendent, said preliminary work on designing a new building has begun and the board and administration are committed to having a new building open for students by the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Total damage to the building, including contents, could reach $25 million, Krugh said. In all, the district incurred losses of about $30 million, including damage to other buildings.

The Oregon school board will slash $2 million from the district’s operating budget for the 2011-12 school year if an emergency operating levy on the November ballot fails, according to a position statement the board is considering.

Superintendent Mike Zalar said Wednesday he expected the board to approve the statement at its meeting the next day. The statement outlines what cuts will be enacted if voters don’t approve the levy.

With $2 million less for operations, a total 20 teaching and support staff positions will be eliminated.

The district will also apply for a waiver from the state to reduce the kindergarten program from all-day everyday to all-day every other day.

Zalar said a plan to close one elementary school and/or reconfigure the district would immediately be implemented and the Career and Tech program offerings would be eliminated.

The position statement also says the board will:
• Increase athletic participation fees.

• Eliminate or significantly reduce bus service for all high school students, including parochial.

• Reduce cleaning services in buildings effective January, 2011.

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