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Ignition interlocks for first time OVI?

After five hearings, a bill to require first-time drunk driving offenders who want driving privileges to have an interlock breathalyzer installed on their vehicles is still pending before the Ohio House Judiciary Committee.

Current Ohio law requires the use of the devices for repeat offenders wanting driving privileges but leaves it as an option for first-time offenders.

H.B. 469 would expand the use of ignition interlocks for first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or greater by also requiring them to use the devices when granted any type of driving privilege for the duration of a license suspension.

A zoning amendment that could help businesses step up downtown revitalization efforts in Oak Harbor has hit another stumbling block.

Village council in mid-September voted to reject the proposed Downtown Revitalization Overlay District and send it back to the planning commission for review. The changes, backers say, could one day pave the way for waterfront upgrades such as walkways, gazebos and perhaps even an amphitheater along the Portage River.

A proposed ordinance that would clarify when Special Use and Conditional Use permits could be approved by the the Oregon Plan Commission and city council is under review.

The proposal is in response to concerns by some on council earlier this year about the number of permits approved for used car lots and storage facilities on Woodville Road and Navarre Avenue. Council approved a temporary moratorium on issuing permits to car lots and storage facilities until the city could address the issue.

The proposed legislation would allow council to consider Special Use permits on a “case by case basis.”

“We are working through a few different permutations of the legislation,” City Administrator Mike Beazley said at a council meeting last month. “There’s a variety of ways to tackle the question about things like special uses for service stations, used car lots or outside storage and sales.”

The Village of Oak Harbor will hold two public meetings Oct. 15 to discuss sewer system improvements, specifically the proposed Church Street project.

The meetings take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Community Market/VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main Street. Representatives of Jones and Henry Engineers, Ohio Rural Community Assistance Program and Ottawa Regional Planning Commission will be there.

After several years of increased street flooding and water in basements, Oak Harbor officials continue to plan infrastructure improvements, according to Village Administrator Randy Genzman.

While recent rain storms have been moderate compared to the last several years, other steps have been taken to relieve flooding.

Genoa and Woodmore schools are gearing up for levy campaigns in the fall election.

Genoa is asking voters to approve an emergency levy that will, if approved, generate $800,000 annually for five years to help underwrite the costs of daily operations, including salaries, benefits, classroom materials and transportation.

The amount equates to a 4.99-mill levy. However, the levy language is written based on the dollar value so that changing property value rates won’t affect the levy’s yearly income, according to superintendent Dennis Mock.

For the owner of a $100,000 home, the levy would cost an additional $174.60 annually in property taxes.

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