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Bay Area Credit Union posed a challenge to community members in 2014 – save $280,000 in loan interest and help local charities. The community saved a total of $343,801.26 in loan interest and, as a result, three local charities will receive a total of $8,000.

The Community Challenge is an annual campaign that strives to save the community money while benefiting local charities. This year’s campaign ran from April 23 to Dec. 31, 2014, and had four participating charities – Jerusalem Township Food Pantry, James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center, Vail Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center and Toledo Animal Shelter.

“We are overwhelmed by the success of our first community challenge. We were able to save more for our members and donate to three worthy charities, which is what our credit union philosophy is truly about,” Val Strickland, Marketing Director of Bay Area Credit Union, said. “We helped over 100 members save on their loan interest by refinancing them at better rates.”

Seven months after hearing a proposal from Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn to have his office handle emergency dispatching service for Lake Township, the township trustees have agreed to contract with him.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contract with the sheriff for four years at an annual cost of $88,003.

The contract will go into effect April 1.

A contract the township has with LifeStar is scheduled to expire at that time. Under that agreement, the company staffs the township’s Lemoyne Road dispatching facility and answers calls for the township, including the villages of Millbury and Walbridge and City of Rossford.

Rossford late last year opted to contract with the sheriff’s department and Walbridge council is close to approving an ordinance to have the sheriff provide the service.

Police Chief Mark Hummer said it wasn’t economically feasible for the township to provide its own service and he didn’t receive replies from Perrysburg Township and City of Northwood for requests for bids for them to provide the service.

The contract with LifeStar is for $262,000 a year and costs were apportioned between Rossford, Walbridge and the township based on call volume.

A proposed Taco Bell for downtown Oak Harbor prompted concerns among village councilmembers about traffic congestion at the village’s busiest intersection.

News of the likelihood of a Taco Bell store being built next to the BP station at the corner of Water and Locusts streets (Ohio 19 and Ohio 163) surfaced during the administrator’s report discussed at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Administrator Randy Genzman said the land had been sold recently but he did not know the name of the new franchise owners. The land is currently held in a trusteeship and a trustee began the preliminary permit paperwork.

“We won’t know who the owners are until they file the rest of their paperwork,” he said.

It was one of several changes underway in the downtown landscape discussed during the meeting.

Beck Oil also recently bought the former Kurt’s BP station at 101 E. Water St. and has leased the land to another agent, Genzman said. The previous owner retired in December. Permit requests also indicate that a photography studio is going in at a former salon site and that a medical professional plans to set up shop in the former Fehlhaber photography studio store.

Councilman Jon Fickert was glad to hear people are willing to invest their time and money by opening new businesses in the downtown.

Each year, wastewater is released into Lake Erie from outdated combined sewer systems. These systems collect rainwater runoff, domestic savingLakeErieHeadersewage and industrial wastewater in the same pipe that handles wastewater disposal and storm water drainage. Following heavy rains, due to combined sewer overflows, raw sewage and storm water are transported into the lake, bypassing municipal sewage treatment plants. The phosphorus from the waste contributes toward the development of harmful algal blooms.

Toledo police are saying that a $1.6 million project to 160 Sky-Cop surveillance cameras around the city is paying off.

Camera evidence helped lead to the conviction of Deontay Smith, 25, on six charges related to the East Toledo murder of Michael Macklin, Jr. in what is described as a gang shooting. Macklin, 20, was shot in the jaw and left shoulder on Feb. 2, 2013 at Walden and Greenwood.

It was a Sky-Cop camera at Steadman and Starr that helped provide the evidence needed to convince a jury.

“At 1:13 in the morning at Walden and Greenwood, Mr. Macklin was stopped at his vehicle and then a light colored SUV pulled up, fired multiple shots at Mr. Macklin and he was struck multiple times and the vehicle fled towards Nevada. We responded and he passed away early that morning,” said Sgt. Joe Heffernan, the TPD public information officer,

“One of the key pieces of evidence that we used to piece this together was that Sky-Cop camera was able to see a car, not right at that location where the murder happened, but able to see a vehicle matching that description leave in that area right before and right after the crime happened. So, from that, we were able to trace down who owned the car, which led us to the murderer.”

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