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After a work session last month Eastwood school board members have resigned themselves to the prospect of reduced funding from the state and the resulting need to cut the district’s budget in the coming fiscal year.

“We are anticipating that within the next month we will see a retroactive reduction of roughly 5 percent in the amount of money we were expecting from the state,” said superintendent Brent Welker in his community newsletter. “That would total around $330,000. In addition, we are planning for an additional 5 percent reduction for the fiscal year 2010 state funds. In all, we are looking at roughly $600,000 that will need to be cut from next year’s budget. We hope that the cuts will not be greater than that.”

Lake Township will again contract with Life Star Ambulance for emergency medical service in 2009 but won’t officially sign a contract with the firm until later this month.

Life Star, which is the township’s current provider of the emergency service, was the only company to submit a contract bid with the township for service next year.

Township trustees opened the bid last week but plan to review three options included in the bid and award a contract by their next regularly scheduled meeting this month.

City council last Monday at a committee of the whole meeting shot down a request by the Oregon school board for the city to provide a third school resource officer (SRO) to the district.

Council voted 4-3 against placing the matter on next week’s council meeting agenda.

Currently, the city pays for two police officers to act as school resource officers at Clay high School, Eisenhower Middle School, and Fassett Middle School. One officer is at the high school, while the other covers Eisenhower and Fassett.

The Wood County-based Northwestern Water and Sewer District is looking to the east for another potential source of water to purchase.

Some members of the district’s board of trustees spent a day last month touring water facilities in Ottawa County and the district may apply next year for a grant to fund a feasibility study of linking the district with a distribution system in Ottawa County, said Jerry Greiner, executive director of the district.

Ottawa County has been awarded a low-interest loan of $445,512 to be used to complete the final phase of a corrosion mitigation project in the county’s water distribution system.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded the loan, which must be repaid over 20 years, through its Water Supply Revolving Loan Account.

The agency estimates the low-interest loan will save the county about $102,799 compared to a market-rate loan.


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