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Jerusalem Township’s police steering committee is preparing a questionnaire to get feedback from the public on what kind of police services they would like to have.

The committee, which consists of six residents, meets every couple of weeks to discuss options on providing police protection to the township.

“Policing is supposed to represent the population, and we want to know what they want,” said Ron Frederick, a member of the commission.

Voters last November rejected by over a two to one margin a 3.5-mill, one year police levy that would have raised revenue to pay the sheriff to patrol the township.

The township currently receives sheriff’s patrols at no charge from Lucas County. That will end this year. Lucas County commissioners last summer notified nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, that they will be charged for sheriff’s patrols due to budgetary constraints.

The notification sent townships scrambling for ways to raise funds to continue getting their current level of services from the sheriff, or contract with adjacent communities for police protection. To maintain sheriff patrols, Jerusalem Township, which has a population of 3,181 within a 30.4 square mile area, would have been charged $347,000 annually by the sheriff.

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.

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.

 

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.

The State Fire Marshal has ruled a fire at the Stony Ridge Inn, Latcha Road, was caused by arson and is asking for more information about the blaze from the public.

Investigators were able to rule out all accidental causes for the fire, which was reported about 5:47 a.m. on Feb. 17, and found significant evidence the fire was intentionally set.  The fire marshal’s office said “specific information” about the fire was also gathered during interviews over the two days following the fire.

Now, investigators are asking for other witnesses to come forward and a Blue Ribbon Arson Award notice has been posted at the property. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification of those responsible.

No one was seriously injured in the fire, which caused heavy damage to the restaurant and bar of the inn. The nearby hotel wasn’t affected.

“Working together, investigators from all of the involved agencies have been able to put together a clear picture of what occurred Wednesday morning at the Stony Ridge Inn,” said Tim Spradlin, Chief of the State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau. “We believe, though, someone still has more information about the case and we hope they will come forward.”

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