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A resolution to apply for Qualified School Construction Bonds has been approved by the Eastwood school board.
State law allows districts to sell bonds for projects that improve the energy efficiency of buildings, said Brent Welker, Eastwood superintendent, with the bonds repaid over years from energy savings.
“These are zero percent interest bonds that benefit the buyer by giving them a dollar for dollar tax credit,” he said. “These bonds were made possible through the federal government as part of the stimulus plan.”
The second phase of construction of the Covenant Harbor senior
housing complex in Oak Harbor is expected to be completed around the end of the year, John Henry, the director of facilities development and management for Lutheran Homes Society said last week.
When complete, the 24 new one-bedroom, independent living apartments will be available for low-income seniors age 62 and older.
The Housing and Urban Development-subsidized project is being constructed next to the 14 existing Covenant Harbor apartments at 234 Finke Road that were built in 2005.
A hearing is scheduled for July 8 at 6:30 p.m. to receive public comment on a proposed Joint Economic Development District in Troy Township.
Township trustees have tentatively approved partnering with the City of Toledo to form a JEDD that will cover about 460 acres near State Route 420 and U.S. 20.
The hearing will be held at the township hall at 311 Krotzer Ave., Luckey.
Under the agreement, Toledo will provide water and sewer service to the site and share income tax revenues with the township from business that locate in the JEDD. The township will provide road maintenance and fire protection service.
St. John's Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge undertakes a service
project each year.
This year's project is called the "Community Rehab Project," an effort of both church and community working together to rehab a home for a woman who lives in Stony Ridge.
Natalie St. Arnaud is a shut-in member of St. John's Lutheran Church and a lifelong resident of Stony Ridge.
"She doesn't get out much," said Nancy Gerwin, who is overseeing the project. "She has some limitations that keep her home now, but in her younger years she was very active in the community helping with the summer festival put on by the Stony Ridge Civic Association."
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.