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Seven businesses in Ottawa County sold alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department while 11 businesses turned away those attempting to buy.

Sheriff’s detectives, working with Ottawa County Creative Alcohol Related Enforcement (CARE), conducted the operation in December.

The employees who sold alcohol to the minors will receive a summons to appear in Ottawa County Municipal Court to face first degree misdemeanor charges. Letters will also be sent to the businesses to inform them of the purchases.

The sales occurred at Herb’s Sportsman’s Supplies, Port Clinton; Dean’s Place, Marblehead; Bayshore Country Market, Marblehead; Shell Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; County Line Store, Port Clinton, and Pat’s Party Mart, Port Clinton.

The 11 businesses that didn’t sell will be notified by letter from the sheriff’s department that includes the attempted date and time of the purchase and recognizing the store’s compliance with the law.

The businesses that didn’t sell to the minors are: Friendship BP, Port Clinton;  Speedway, Port Clinton; Midway Carry Out, Port Clinton; Shell Mickey Mart, Lakeside; Friendship Sunoco, Lakeside; Mutach’s Market, Marblehead; Erie Food Market, Lakeside; A&A Market, Lakeside; Sunoco Friendship, Port Clinton; Rich’s Drive Thru, Port Clinton; Wozniak’s Sunoco, Port Clinton.

Ohio law sets the legal drinking age at 21.
 

Village Administrator Garth Reynolds has postponed receiving slightly more than $9,000 in pay.

Village council, at a special meeting in late December, approved $6,000 in retroactive merit pay for Reynolds, who was also expected to receive a 3 percent raise (or $3,023), according to his three-year contract.

He is currently paid $67,171 annually.

In a letter to Genoa Mayor Mark Williams, Reynolds deferred the merit pay indefinitely and stated he would go without the salary hike until Jan. 1, 2011 or until the time when other village workers receive raises.

Mayor Williams was not available for comment regarding Reynolds’ evaluation and subsequent merit pay approval.

Reynolds, who has worked for the village since November 2007, said raises for the nearly 20 village workers were discussed but were put off because of the economy.

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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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