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Construction is expected to start next month on a renovation project at the Wood County Justice Center on E. Gypsy Lane in Bowling Green.

The county’s board of commissioners has awarded a $2.84 million contract to Mosser Construction, Inc. for the project, which is scheduled for completion in September, said Darcy Wilhelm, the county’s fiscal manager.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said a net increase of 75 beds will result from the renovation – 60 of which will be put into the facility’s work industries building.

Space for an additional 15 beds will be created by renovating the area where the minimum security housing is located.

The sheriff described it as making it a “medium minimum” area.

John Melnyk, a former councilman, has been spearheading a food drive for needy residents in Northwood for about 10 years. Lately, he’s been seeing more people in need showing up at city hall on Wales Road, where the food is distributed regularly on the last Wednesday of the month. Food supplies, though, have been low. Recently, it was barely enough.

Melnyk is appealing to the public for food and/or monetary donations to meet the shortfall this Christmas. The need for food surges on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of Wednesday, food will be distributed next Friday, Dec. 19, since the following Wednesday is Christmas Eve.

The situation has been exacerbated by the closing of Giant Eagle earlier this year. The grocery store had been donating day old perishable items – fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods, to the food bank.

“I was also working with Andersons on a plan for non-perishable items at the mall, but then that store shut down, too,” said Melnyk. “I haven’t tried Kroger or Meijer yet. I’ll see what I can come up with, and maybe work on an arrangement as I had with Giant Eagle.”

Come 2015, the village of Oak Harbor’s income tax credit is a thing of the past.

Village council voted earlier this month to eliminate the tax credit that has been in existence for more than 40 years, Village Administrator Randy Genzman said.

Currently, the village collects a 1 percent income tax from village residents who live and work in the village. People who live in the village but work in communities where another tax is collected are exempt from the tax right now.

The income tax collection dates back to 1971 and, last year, brought in just over $680,000, according to records provided by Tax Administrator Kim Mehlow.

The Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, or “land bank”, released 106 East Toledo properties that will be part of its second round of acquisitions.

Of 21 properties in Batch 1, 20 of them are already demolished or scheduled for demolished, while most of the rest have already been acquired, are under the process of acquisition by the land bank, or under review for acquisition proceedings.

The acquisitions and demolitions are the result of a $7.2 million grant from the Ohio Housing Financing Agency, the second-highest total of 11 land banks statewide receiving a combined total $49.5 million to tackle blighted communities. Land bank officials say that includes $1 million specifically earmarked for properties in East Toledo.

MOVING OHIO FORWARD DEMOLITION GRANT - AUGUST 2012-SEPTEMBER 2014
•1031 Albert, sold as side lot
•710 Ashwood, sold as side lot
•1947 Bakewell, sold as side lot
•411 Bassett, demo only
•963 Berry, inactive
•643 Berry, sold as side lot
•617 Berry, sold as side lot
•910 Butler, sold as side lot
•2432 Caledonia St., demo only
•737 Chesbrough, open
•739 Chesbrough, acquired
•741 Chesbrough, sold as side lot
•751 Chesbrough, acquired
•435 Clark, sold as side lot
•864 Clark, demo only
•844 Clark, sold as side lot
•618 Coney Ct., acquired

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