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Last year, Lucas County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s office announced that they would no longer provide sheriff’s protection at no charge to nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, starting Jan. 1 of this year. Due to budgetary constraints, communities would have to start paying for the service.
The notification sent townships scrambling for ways to raise funds to continue getting their current level of services from the sheriff, or contract with adjacent communities for police protection. To maintain its current level of service – one deputy per eight hour shift - Jerusalem Township, which has a population of 3,181 within a 30.4 square mile area, would be charged $347,000 annually. For the township, which has a $1.7 million budget, the cost was too steep.
Commissioners then agreed to allow the township to pay just 65 percent of the amount for the first year, 80 percent the second year, then 100 percent the third year had the levy passed.
If the township did not pay for continued patrols, deputies would only respond to emergency calls.
Oregon City Council recently approved a zoning change request for a Special Use Exception in a C-1 Commercial Industrial District at 4910 Wynnscape Dr. at Lot 9 for the purpose of constructing a 300-foot lattice tower for P&R Communications Service.
“We do believe it’s a good fit for that area,” Mayor Mike Seferian said at the Oct. 25 meeting. “If you stand on that site, I lost count after about 100 towers. You can actually count from that site…all the Edison high tension lines and all the other various towers around there. We believe this company is going to be an asset to our community. They are coming in with currently eight employees. Over the period of a couple of years, they expect to have 20-30 employees.”
The applicant was Steven J. Reeves, president of P&R Communications Service, for owner Robert Dedo of Molly’s Ventures, Ltd.
Martin Malloy, an attorney for P&R Communications, said the tower is not the type seen from a highway.
“This is more of a tower that’s built for their specific business. It will be attached to their building for purposes of disseminating radio waves,” said Malloy.
Parents of students attending Rocky Ridge Elementary School are watching various scenarios they claim could be implemented by the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board next year to reduce costs or raise revenues.
Help for homeowners to battle ash borer
The removal program, which the commission is administering for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is designed to assist homeowners in the fight to limit damage caused by the Emerald Ash Borer.
The program provides funds for removing one ash tree per property with additional removals allowed through matching grants. The program provides for 65 percent of the removal costs for households at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines or half of the cost for households above the level.
WSOS has distributed application information to area local governments.
Interested persons should call Cindy Brookes, (419) 334-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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