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Walbridge Village Council heard the first reading Wednesday of an ordinance authorizing Mayor Ed Kolanko to enter into an agreement with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for emergency dispatching service.

The village currently contracts for the service with Lake Township, which has also provided service for the City of Rossford until the city recently opted to contract with the sheriff’s department.

Mayor Kolanko on Thursday said the expected annual cost for a village agreement with the sheriff’s department is about $37,665.

There will be one-time, set-up costs associated with the transition, the mayor said.

Currently, the village is paying about $48,492 annually for the service with the township.

A bystander and alert part-time village officer played crucial roles in the arrest of a man accused of robbing stores in two Ottawa County communities, Steve Weirich, Oak Harbor police chief said.

Trevor Boss, 31, is currently in the Ottawa County Detention Facility, facing an aggravated burglary charge for the Dec. 27 robbery of the Mickey Mart on Perry Street in Port Clinton. He also admitted to a Dec. 21 robbery at the Dollar General store on Locust Street in Oak Harbor, according to the Port Clinton Police Department.

Boss reportedly brandished a gun in the Port Clinton robbery but did not use one in the robbery at the store in the village. Authorities found a gun believed to be the weapon used in the second robbery.

Boss made an initial appearance in Ottawa County Municipal Court following his New Year’s Eve arrest in Toledo. He is scheduled to appear again at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 12.

After 53 years of service to the Lake Township Fire Department, Henry “Hank” Buzza figures it’s time to spend more time on his snowmobile in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the winter and on his Harley-Davidson Trike motorcycle during warmer weather.

The township trustees Tuesday recognized the 71-year-old Buzza, presenting with him with a plaque and passing a resolution of appreciation for his service.

“Whereas, Henry “Hank” Buzza and family members have demonstrated a long and dedicated commitment to the Lake Township Fire Department, having participated in the evolution and change of the fire department from that of two villages (Millbury and Walbridge) to the premier Lake Township Fire Department of today and …has served with loyal devotion and professional distinction …” the resolution says, wishing him well in his “much deserved retirement.”

Fire chief Bruce Moritz presented him with a clock, saying a “volunteer is a special person” and the lifestyle changes and other trends are resulting in that many years of services becoming more and more rare.

Within weeks, the Village of Oak Harbor will be losing its single largest industrial manufacturer.

Northern Manufacturing is moving its North Locust Street plant to the Lakewinds Industrial Park to take advantage of a new tax abatement zone being created by Ottawa County, Mayor Bill Eberle told village council at its first regular meeting of the year.

Company owner Quintin Smith recently informed the mayor of the move, he said.

Northern Manufacturing is a sheet metal fabrication company specializing in stainless steel fabrication. Its operations span three facilities, with 85,000 feet dedicated solely to stainless steel fabrication, according to the company website. The company provides advanced engineering and welding, including 3-D models and 3-D laser cutting.

The news is a crushing blow to the village which is already struggling financially. Village leaders are diligently thumbing through departmental assessment to create a 2015 budget that stays in the black while combating a number of critical problems such as a faulty sewer overflow system.

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a motion to reconsider a case it decided in October in which a Clay Township man sought to have a civil protection order against him dropped.

The justices on Dec. 24 denied the motion filed by Tony Simon, N. Genoa-Clay Center Road, who had appealed a decision by the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in 2011 to grant a request by Dorothy Fondessy for a protection order against Simon.

The order is in effect for five years and directs Simon to stay at least 25 feet away from Fondessy and her husband, Wayne.

The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals in 2013 upheld the common pleas court decision but agreed with a motion by Simon’s attorney to let the Supreme Court review its decision because there have been several conflicting rulings in other appellate courts on when protection orders should be issued.

In October of last year, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor was joined by justices Paul Pfeifer, Terrence O’Donnell and Judith Lanzinger in dismissing the Simon case as “improvidently certified.” Justices Sharon Kennedy, Judith French and William O’Neill dissented.

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