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Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said the city still faces challenges following the 2007 recession that saw significant budget cuts. But the city, he said, is “slowly improving” economically.

“As with the past few years, the message for 2015 is one of continuing challenges tempered by optimism,” said Stoner in his state of the city address.

“We will continue to adhere to a prudent spending plan as we move through a slowly improving but still uncertain economic time in our city. While the challenges of economic downturn still linger and the hoped for recovery has not fully materialized, there are signs of improvement and we are extremely hopeful about the future,” he said.

He noted that the city started off this year with a positive general fund carryover.

“We have approved a balanced 2015 budget totaling $4,632,255 and we project our 2015 general fund revenue to total $4,636,380,” he said.

Income taxes were up 5.7 percent from 2013. Total General Fund expenditures increased by $192,932 or 4.7 percent from 2013.

In its second class, Eastwood’s Eagle Way Hall of Fame will induct seven new members, including teacher Adolph Madaras; administrator Richard Lowrie; librarian Jane Kohlenberg; coach Jerry Sigler; Ron Dunmyer for athletics and coaching and Vietnam veterans killed in action Leroy Minnix and Kenneth Krukemyer.

The inductees will be honored during a dinner banquet at the Pemberville Post 183 American Legion Hall at 6 p.m. on Feb. 28. Tickets are $25 each and are available at Eastwood High School, Pemberville Library, and from any hall of fame officer. Information is available at

Adolph Louis “Duff” Madaras was born in Raab, Hungary, July 8, 1911 and raised in Pemberville. His family immigrated through Ellis Island and was quarantined for six weeks due to an outbreak of rheumatic fever. He spoke only Hungarian until attending school. He graduated from Pemberville High in 1929, where he played basketball and track.

At Bowling Green State University, he earned three letters in football (1937-38-39), basketball (1938-39-40) and track (1938-39-40). He was inducted as a member of the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1995.

Driving by Tiger Ridge Exotics animal shelter in Stony Ridge, one notices that owner Kenny Hetrick and volunteers are working around the clock to upgrade and repair the facility that once housed exotic animals.

Two weeks ago, the Ohio Department of Agriculture officials removed six tigers, a lion, black leopard, liger, bobcat and Kody, the Kodiak bear, that Hetrick’s family said was in hibernation when the ODA officials arrived.

The ODA had denied Hetrick’s application to operate an exotic animal rescue facility, saying the application was submitted 298 days late and that a visit by inspectors found “your facility illustrated that you have failed to comply with caging requirements needed for public safety and care standards intended to protect the animals” under the Ohio Revised Code.

Most of the animals were aging, including a tiger and black panther that were 14 and 16-years-old. A wolf hybrid was allowed to remain on the property because that species is not applicable to state law.

The animals are at a newly-built multi-million dollar holding facility in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, where ODA Communications Director Erica M. Hawkins told The Press they are doing well.

As the dump trucks roll into the Toledo Executive Airport for a construction project, the Lake Township trustees are preparing to make sure any resulting damage to township infrastructure is repaired.

The trustees Tuesday approved an agreement with Ryan Inc., a Wisconsin firm, to have the company or its subcontractors be responsible for repairing damage caused by the increased truck traffic to the work site.

Mark Hummer, township administrator, said the airport is constructing a dedicated taxiway for a runway and he anticipates “several thousand tons of stone” to be trucked to the airport for the taxiway’s base.

Trucks will be entering the airport property from a temporary entrance along Drouillard Road, south of Ayers Road, according to the agreement. They will approach the airport from State Route 795 and Cummings Road.

Township road crews have already videotaped the haul route, including the roads, storm sewers and road shoulders and will videotape during and after the construction, Hummer said. The agreement also calls for the placement of a steel plate to protect a storm tile and underground Toledo Edison high voltage line that run parallel with Drouillard Road.

Legislation proposed by State Sen. Randy Gardner will establish an office in the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to specifically coordinate efforts with local governments to address algae and related issues in Lake Erie.

Sen. Gardner said an Office of Harmful Algae Management and Response in the Ohio EPA would work with water treatment plants by monitoring intakes and conduct in-lake testing for toxic algae.

Senate Bill 1 was scheduled for two hearings last week and is co-sponsored by Sen. Bob Peterson (R – Sabina) and Sen. Cliff Hite (R – Findlay), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. The sponsors said last week they anticipate a vote in the senate this month.

Gardner said the bill requires the OEPA director to coordinate responsibilities with the natural resources, agriculture and health departments as well as consult with local governments and water treatment plant operators.

“No matter how much progress is made in reducing phosphorus levels in the lake, we know our water treatment plants need and deserve our best efforts to support their mission to keep our drinking water safe,” he said.

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