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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.”

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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.

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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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The Northwest Ohio Charter School Coalition (NWOCSC) has accused Toledo Public Schools of writing threatening letters to parents of charter school students to appear at a Toledo Public School attendance hearing or have their case referred to the Lucas County Juvenile Court.

The letters, sent to some parents at Eagle Academy in East Toledo and Maritime Academy in Toledo, allege that their children are not enrolled in school. Maritime Academy says two parents received letters, while Eagle Academy said they were contacted by one parent who received a letter, and a second parent who was getting “harassing truancy phone calls from a nearby Toledo public school.

Mitchell Bean, executive director of Eagle Academy, said one parent received harassing phone calls from a nearby Toledo public middle school, even after explaining that the child is enrolled at a charter school. Bean says another parent received a letter, but apparently resolved the matter with TPS and destroyed the letter.

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The state auditor's office will conduct an audit of Jerusalem Township's books for 2008.

It is the second year in a row that the township has received a single year audit.

The state regularly conducts two year audits of townships, according to Emily Frazee, deputy press secretary for  State Auditor Mary Taylor's office.

"Last year, in the fall of 2008, we did a single year audit of 2007 because trustees and the fiscal officer requested it. Trustees have again requested a single year audit of the 2008 financial statement," she said.

The auditor of state is required by Ohio Revised Code to conduct financial audits of all government entities, she said.

"We look at bank records, meeting minutes, money coming in and going out of the township - anything that impacts the financial health of the township. We want to get a sense of how they're doing," she said.

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