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The Lake Township trustees ended 2009 with a flurry, approving wage contracts with union and non-union employees; signing agreements for dispatching for emergency services, and other related matters.

The police department’s three sergeants will receive pay raises of $1 per hour plus a 1 percent raise for 2010 and 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2012.

The department’s 13 patrol officers and detective will receive raises of 2 percent for each of the three years.

With the exception of two office employees, who received $1 an hour raises for 2010, non-union employees in other departments were given 2 percent raises for 2010.

Employee contributions for health insurance were frozen at 8.5 percent.

The trustees renewed the township’s contract with LifeStar for 24-hour paramedic service and for the company to continue emergency dispatching service.

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Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer said one goal he has for 2010 is to have a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system operating by March.

The township trustees in December approved an agreement with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a police records management and CAD system for a three-year period beginning this month.

The cost is $47,000. Chief Hummer said the township has secured a grant from the Law Enforcement Terrorist Prevention Program to help pay for the system. The balance will come from a subsidy from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and Northwest Ohio Regional Information System.

With the new equipment, officers will be able to file reports from their patrol vehicles and be able to communicate directly with officers from other area departments equipped with CAD systems.

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The City of Oregon has received local as well as out of state resumes for the position of city administrator, though most came from across the country.

The position became available after former Administrator Ken Filipiak, who had worked for the city for 10 years, announced his resignation to take the job as city manager of Mentor, Ohio soon after Mayor Mike Seferian defeated Mayor Marge Brown last November.

Those interested in filling the administrator’s position include:
• Dr. Thomas M. Brown, former mayor of Port Clinton;
• Lavell D. Craven, a police officer from Hyattsville, Maryland;
• Michelle L. Bowens, director of finance with the city of Vermilion, Ohio;
• Denis L. Fligor, director of public safety and service, Fostoria, Ohio;
• David W. Metzger, public works and services supervisor in the City of Eastpointe, Michigan;
• Ben South, a municipal manager from Canon City, Colorado;
• David Flaisher, a township supervisor from West Bloomfield, Michigan;
• David B. Kroma, who has worked in various city of Toledo departments;
• Richard J. Waugh, mayor of Heath, Ohio and a former councilman;
• James C. Payne, who has worked in local government administration for over 25 years, from Rio Rancho, New Mexico;

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Six years ago, people without transportation found it difficult to get to the doctor’s office or hospital for medical appointments. Then came Care-Van, a non-profit service that provides transportation for people in local communities to their health care providers, thanks to donations from a group of doctors, nurses, and others unrelated to the medical field.

Care-Van has seen an increase in demand by those who have no other way to get to and from their medical appointments, according to Dr. Erol D. Riza, one of the people who helped establish the service.

Donations from the medical staff at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, small businesses and individuals financially supported the service. Last year, the program got a boost in the arm with a $30,000 grant from the United Way of Greater Toledo.

“All these different groups joined to help people who have no other way to get to their appointments,” said Riza. It particularly helps people on a limited income, he said.

“When people get checks from Medicare, what will they spend it for, a taxi cab, food, or a run to the doctor’s? At least we are helping them in that way,” he said.

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A search warrant executed at a Clay Township residence resulted in the arrest of two people and authorities seizing marijuana plants, firearms, and equipment for growing marijuana indoors.

The Ottawa County Drug Task Force, detectives from the county sheriff’s department, and officers from the Clay Township Police Department executed the warrant Dec. 23 at 22784 W. Holt-Harrigan Road.

Melissa K. Moll, 29, and Daniel R. Flickinger, 52, have each been charged with possession of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of cultivation tools.

All are fifth degree felony charges, according to the sheriff’s department.

The two were lodged in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, pending an initial appearance in the county municipal court.

Investigators also seized cash, processed marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

According to the municipal court Web site, an arraignment hearing was scheduled for Dec. 30. 

 

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