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Court sides with village is easement dispute
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 15:13

An easement parcel in the Village of Walbridge hasn’t been abused or overburdened by the village to the extent the easement should be extinguished, the Sixth District Court of Appeals ruled last week.

The decision upholds a decision in 2008 by the Wood County Common Pleas Court which rejected a request by local business owners Terry and Gloria Carroll to have the easement terminated.

The 35-foot by 180-foot easement runs perpendicular from N. Main Street and extends from the street to the parking lot of a health club facility the Carroll’s own at 417 Main.

The easement was created in 1984 by deed prior to the Carroll’s purchase of the property. The easement grants the village the right to enter and use land located alongside a shopping strip at the corner of Main and Breckman streets.

According to the decision, the focus of the Carroll’s argument was “…the use of the easement parcel by third parties – non-patrons of their health club who use the easement parcel to enter the health club parking lot from Main Street and to park their vehicles in the health club parking lot and by truck drivers, with business as the shopping center, who turn around in the parking lot.”

 
Issue 2 a turning point for Ohio agriculture?
Written by Larry Limpf   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:07

To its opponents, it represents a power grab by Ohio’s agri-business industry and an attempt to thwart efforts to improve treatment of animals on large factory farms.

To its supporters, it represents a comprehensive but flexible mechanism to address animal care issues.

“It” is Issue 2, a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

According to the ballot language it would:
• Require the state to establish the Livestock Care Standards Board to prescribe standards for animal care and well-being “that endeavor to maintain food safety, encourage locally grown and raised food, and protect Ohio farms and families.”
• Authorize the bi-partisan board of 13 members to consider factors such as agricultural best management practices, bio-security, disease prevention, animal morbidity and mortality data, food safety practices, and the protection of local, affordable food supplies for consumers when establishing standards.
• Provide that the board is comprised of Ohio residents, including representatives of Ohio family farms, farming organizations, food safety experts, veterinarians, consumers, the dean of the agriculture department at an Ohio college, and a county humane society representative.
• Authorize the Ohio department of agriculture to enforce the standards established by the board, subject to the authority of the state legislature.

 
Fire district to answer levy questions
Written by Larry Limpf   
Friday, 25 September 2009 11:01

Rising costs, aging equipment, and increasing calls for service are behind the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District’s request for a replacement levy on the November ballot, says chief Bruce Moritz.

A public meeting to discuss the upcoming 5-mill levy will be held Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at the district’s administration office, 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Rd.

The district – a consolidation of individual fire departments - was established in December, 1999 to service the villages of Clay Center and Genoa and Allen and Clay townships.

Voters approved a continuous levy to support the district but expenses have reached a point that the $585,000 in annual revenues generated by the levy don’t keep pace with rising expenses, said chief Moritz.

A replacement levy would be based on current real estate valuations instead of valuations from the year 2000, when the levy was approved by voters.

 
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