The Press Newspaper
Options for the Village of Genoa to adopt a tighter operating budget are limited, Kevin Gladden, Village Administrator, said last week.
“The budget situation this year is not good,” he said, casting much of the blame on policies emanating from Columbus.
While the State of Ohio may have a balanced budget to crow about, Gladden said, “They have done it on the backs of the cities and towns.”
It’s a familiar refrain among local officials: mounting expenses and dwindling revenues.
This year Genoa's proposed budget of nearly $7 million is a reduction of well over $1 million from recent years. As a result, it will be up to village council members to determine just what cuts may have to be made to ensure that the village can meet its obligations, expenses and services for the community in the coming fiscal year.
“We’re lucky to have this an hour away. My sister wants to come the next time, and my son wants to come the next time – I’m going to have to get a van or a bus.”
Steve Rehoreg, 64, of Sheffield, Ohio, spoke enthusiastically about the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. He, among others, is part of the growing group of Baby Boomers and beyond who are discovering a place that many didn’t even know existed, to take part in an activity that actually caters to both the young and more mature age groups: air gun shooting.
Air guns are simple to operate – with small lead pellets used as ammo and a pump or CO2 cylinder to expel the pellets downrange. There is absolutely no recoil in the light-weight guns, and the firing sound is so quiet that hearing protection is not required.
New life is coming to another vacant building in Genoa.
The one-time bus garage at the former high school on 4th Street will soon be buzzing with activity again as plans are in the works to convert some of the bays into a commercial salsa and hot sauce kitchen for the Angry Irishman sauce company of Woodville.
The green light was given to the Angry Irishman operation by Genoa Village council last month when they approved a zoning change for the former school building from residential to business zoning. This will allow the operators to begin the process of developing the bays of the garage into a commercial food processing operation and to secure the necessary permits and licensing.
Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.
Here is an excerpt from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.
Al was recently hit by a passing motorist. While he suffered only minor injuries, his bike needed extensive repairs. He debated whether to proceed on his quest to bike the perimeter of the United States. He has raised $14,500 to date.
The Oregon Planning Commission recently voted in favor of a Special Use Exception (SUE) for 15 acres of land owned by St. Kateri Catholic Academy and Cardinal Stritch High School, which plans to develop athletic fields at 1055 South Coy and 3521 Pickle roads.
Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads, in preparation of the project. Many residents who live nearby have been opposed, mainly out of concern that the athletic fields will create noise, additional traffic and safety problems in the area.
The Planning Commission met three times to discuss the matter. Originally, Kateri sought a zoning change from R-2 Single Family Residential to P-Park Land Zoning. But the request was changed to an SUE so that certain conditions could be placed on the property to address residents’ concerns. Park Land zoning would not have allowed such conditions.
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