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Budget cuts have taken the bite out of Barney, Northwood’s crime-fighting

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Like most communities across the country, the city is struggling with a deep recession that has not yet lost its grip. The city cut costs to balance its budget, including two full-time officers, and Barney, a six-and-a-half-year-old shepherd that was purchased with a homeland security grant six years ago.

“Due to budgetary cutbacks, we can’t afford him anymore,” said Police Chief Tom Cairl.

The news caught Barney’s handler, Patrolman Fred Genzman, by surprise.

“It was a shock. I can’t complain because people are losing their full-time jobs. But it’s still a shock. He’s got three, maybe four good years left in him,” said Genzman, who’s been on the force for eight years.

Oregon City Council voted 6-0 with one abstention for Clint Wasserman to be council president during a reorganization meeting held before a committee of the whole meeting on Dec. 7.

Councilman Jerry Peach abstained from voting.

Councilman Terry Reeves nominated Wasserman, who was re-elected to a second term on Nov. 3. He was the top vote getter last month as well as in the Nov. 6 election of 2007.

Wasserman, a Democrat, replaces Councilman Mike Sheehy as president. Sheehy, who was re-elected Nov. 3, had been president of council for the last several years.

“First thing first, I want to thank Councilman Sheehy for mentoring me over the last couple of years, and his leadership as council president. It really taught me a lot taking me under your wing in my first term,” said Wasserman, 27, an attorney who lives at 1442 S. Coy Road.

A $14 million project to build two railroad overpasses on Wales Road moved closer is moving forward after years in limbo.

The project, which calls for two railroad overpasses that would effectively eliminate three at-grade crossings on Drouillard and Wales roads, was originally part of a $200 million, 10-year program former governor Bob Taft started in 2000 to fund railroad overpasses.

Survey, road profile, drainage and environmental studies had been completed.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been purchasing rights-of-way along Wales and Drouillard roads, according to Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon.

“ODOT has purchased property from the city and properties down Wales and Drouillard roads,” said Bacon.

Northwood will likely end its speed van, a mobile vehicle that issues citations to motorists for speeding, early next year. In addition, the city may discontinue the stationary speed and red light photo enforcement cameras installed at two intersections.
 
“I think it’s safe to say that the van is going to go away,” Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner told The Press last Wednesday.
 
“The cameras at the intersections could also end,” he added.
 
Council on July 2 voted 6-1 to stop contract negotiations with Redflex Safety Solutions, of Arizona, to continue providing a van equipped with a camera that targets Northwood streets that have a high incidence of speeding. The contract with the van expires in January.

A proposed overtime policy revision is causing a stir among Village of Genoa workers.
 
Village council is set for its third reading Monday of a comprehensive package of personnel policy changes for the nearly 20 village workers. The new policies stem from two years of committee work and are the first revisions made since 2001, said Council President Elizabeth Slotnick, head of the personnel committee.   
 
The proposal addresses policies ranging from sick time and drug testing to the writing of job descriptions and items based on recommendations from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
 
Employees have several concerns with the changes; but a new formula for calculating overtime is  causing the most disdain, Slotnick said.

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