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        A grant of $150,000 in the state’s latest capital appropriations budget bill for renovating the Genoa Civic Theatre will help pay for a variety of projects, mayor Ken Harsanje says, but a majority of the funding will be used to upgrade the elevator.

        “We have to get the elevator fixed. If we don’t get it repaired then we can’t do much in the building,” the mayor said. “That’s the priority and we’re expecting it to cost about $100,000.”

        With the contract with Mercy LifeStar for 24-hour emergency medical service set to expire at the end of March, Lake Township Fire Chief Bruce Moritz said Tuesday he’s confident the township will be able to assume responsibility for the service.

        The state capital appropriations bill that passed last week in the Ohio House of Representatives will include funding for programs designed to help clean Lake Erie, State Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Steve Arndt said.

        House Bill 529 passed Wednesday in the House by a vote of 92-3 and now goes before the Senate Finance Committee.

        In addition to funding for historic preservation, tourism job development, lowering infant mortality and opiate addiction, school district renovations and other projects, two other provisions in the bill will benefit efforts to improve water quality, the legislators said.

        The second public meeting in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District to discuss levies on the May ballot is scheduled for March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School auditorium.

        Superintendent Guy Parmigian and Cajon Keeton, district treasurer, will host the meetings.

        B-C-S voters will decide two operating levies on the ballot: a 1 percent income tax on earned income and a 3.89-mill property tax.

The Lake Township Zoning Commission has been directed to again hear a zoning request after improperly discussing it in executive session during its January meeting.

        Mark Hummer, township administrator, said he’s calling for the commission to reconsider the request after determining the Ohio Revised Code doesn’t allow commission members to go into executive session.

 

 

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