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Two candidates for a seat on the Wood County Board of Commissioners have roots in governance at the local level and both see a need for the next board to foster better communication with municipalities and townships.

 Walbridge Mayor Ed Kolanko, a Democrat, said his experience as the current president of Wood County Mayor’s Association and serving on several committees of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments have shown him a need for improved communications between the county seat and local communities to “move the county forward.”

 “I believe commissioners should be representatives of the entire county and be more engaged in local communities to strengthen Wood County as a whole,” he said.

 The union representing the teachers of the Woodmore school district has rescinded its vote of no confidence in Jaime Pearson, the district treasurer.

 The Woodmore Education Association last Wednesday announced its decision to rescind its vote from earlier this year, saying its members look forward to working collaboratively in the future.

 “At this time, the Woodmore Education Association members are confident in our treasurer and her ability to continue to meet the financial needs of our district, our community and our students. We feel this is a very positive step for Woodmore Local Schools and look forward to working collaboratively toward a brighter future," the union’s statement says.

Oregon officials are proposing a day shift in the volunteer fire department in an attempt to improve response times.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association (OFCA) conducted a study this summer that looked at fire department service delivery and demands of service, as well as an examination of the condition of the three fire station facilities. Based on the study, the city will make recommendations on personnel and fire station upgrades that are expected to be implemented next year.

Fire Station 41 is located at 5002 Seaman Road; Station 42 is located at 1102 S. Wheeling Street; and Station 43, at 4421 Bayshore Drive. Although the study showed the stations were outdated and in need of upgrades, City Administrator Mike Beazley said the top priority is to make personnel changes to improve response times. The fire station improvements, which may include the construction of a new fire station, will come later.

The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association developed a survey, in conjunction with its review of the Oregon Fire and Rescue Department facilities and services, to gain input from members of the department.

The survey sought information concerning issues affecting current and future service delivery, communication, training, facilities and opportunities for improvement. The surveys were completed online. Thirty-seven members, including officers, completed the survey.

Among the findings:
• Some felt many emergency responses were handled by a core group of personnel and that other personnel had poor attendance records and were “in it for the money.”

The International Park Storage Pipeline project will receive a low interest loan from The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, it was announced last week.

Toledo is installing the underground storage pipeline and basin to help minimize the effects of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO’s), which will improve water quality in the Maumee River.

The project, part of the Toledo Waterways Initiative, will be paid for in part through a $26.2 million low-interest loan from Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.



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