The Press Newspaper
Not all of the news about Lake Erie is bad – algal blooms aside.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reporting survey results from this year show an average walleye hatch and good perch hatch.
The bottom trawl survey of Ohio’s waters of the lake’s western basin indicates this year’s walleye hatch is similar to the average hatches of 2001, 2007 and 2010. The trawls caught about 20 walleye per hectare (about 2.5 acres) this year, compared to the long-term average of 26 walleye per hectare, and the best since 2007.
“Based upon the results from the August trawl survey, it appears that the 2014 hatch was near average and should contribute to the fishery in future years,” the department’s division of wildlife says in a press release.
Results of the yellow perch survey were even brighter.
The Ottawa County commissioners are seeking financial assistance from the State of Ohio for the planned renovation of the county’s highway garage building on State Route 163.
The commissioners Tuesday approved resolutions seeking assistance from the Local Government Innovation Fund administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency.
David Brunkhorst, county engineer, said five applications will be filed – three in December and two in March 2015 – in increments of $500,000.
The fund program, he said, emphasizes cooperation between local governments to streamline services and make operations more efficient.
“We’ve discovered in talking with other county engineers who have taken advantage of it that as we demonstrate cooperative efforts with townships and villages and agencies in our county service area we can apply for loan funding,” Brunkhost said.
Northwood is looking at passing an anti-panhandling law.
People holding up signs by the road asking for money have been a common occurrence in Northwest Ohio since the recession in 2007, though motorists have seen them around since the 1980s. Their recent appearance at traffic lights and intersections with heavy traffic is becoming a nuisance, according to Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson.
“There’s a whole group of people who are in the area who are soliciting money. It’s getting bad. I don’t like the looks of it,” said Anderson, who believes many are simply scamming the public for a free handout.
“We all want to be charitable. But there’s help for those folks. There’s plenty of help available. They don’t need to be on street corners begging for food and money. They make more money panhandling, I think,” he said.
Behind his stately desk on the Ottawa County Courthouse third floor, Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters reflects on his first six-year term.
“I’m finally in a position to make a change. There are no guarantees,” Winters said. “We’ve worked hard to make changes to get us to this point.”
Those adjustments include lowering the annual budget to $945,000 for the court and probation department, picking up grants to underwrite costs for new programs and intensifying oversight of drug testing and treatment connected to the hundreds filtering through the court system.
Winters didn’t enter into criminal justice on a whim. His direction has been firmly centered on advancement in the field since high school. He’s spent the last 18 years following a trail from probation officer, prosecutor and magistrate leading up to this point.
Overall, “I have 35 years in the system. I could retire and return to private practice. I could make more money. It just seems like I’m here to make a difference,” the judge assessed.
The Lake Township trustees Tuesday reluctantly accepted the resignation of Sgt. Jim Goodenough who is retiring from the police department.
Goodenough has been with the department for 27 years and states in a letter to the trustees he’ll be retiring at the end of November.
“I can not think of a better place I would like to work,” his letter, which was read by Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, says.
Police chief Mark Hummer said he and Goodenough both started at the police training academy in 1983.
“He’s a natural leader,” the chief said. “He’s great with the public and great with the guys.”
Richard Welling, a trustee, said the sergeant was “the face of the Lake Township Police Department for a considerable time” and is a “very professional, outstanding officer and community advocate.”
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