The Press Newspaper
Area libraries are bracing for the possibility of more cuts to hours and services as the governor and state legislature come down to the wire balancing the next biennium budget.
Gov. Ted Strickland’s latest proposal includes reductions in the Public Library Fund for fiscal 2010 of about $112.5 million and $114.8 million in 2011 as part of a plan to fill a gap of about $3.2 billion.
Ohio’s Public Library Fund receives 2.22 percent of general revenue fund tax receipts. The monies are distributed to counties based on a statutory formula.
The Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a hazardous materials exercise June 29 at 6 p.m. at the Brush Wellman plant in Harris Township.
Personnel from Brush Wellman, the Harris-Elmore Fire and Emergency Medical Service, Rocky Ridge Fire Department, and Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Red Cross, and other county agencies will participate.
Marvin Dabish, an Oregon resident for four years, is running for mayor.
He joins Mayor Marge Brown, who is running for a third term, and Councilman Mike Seferian on the ballot for mayor.
The top two vote getters in the primary will square off in the November election.
The board of elections will go through the process of certifying the petitions within the next two weeks.
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments is hosting a reception for Ottawa County members June 30 at the Schedel Arboretum & Gardens in Elmore.
Larry Fletcher, executive director of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, will discuss efforts to promote Lake Erie tourism.
The reception will be from 5-7 p.m.
Genoa Bank and Owens Community College are sponsoring the event.
Several local projects are included in a revised list of water quality improvement projects seeking funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – the so-called stimulus bill.
Chris Korelski, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the U.S. EPA has approved the state’s plan detailing how ARRA funds would be used and how projects would be selected.