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When they meet next month for a conference, a coalition of area volunteers who assist first responders during disasters and emergencies will hear from a fire chief who used to be skeptical of relying on volunteers in such situations.

Bruce Moritz, the fire chief of the Lake Township Fire Department, is slated to address a session of the conference scheduled by the Disaster Volunteer Coalition, an arm of the emergency management agencies in Ottawa, Huron and Erie counties.

The conference, Beyond Response – Joining Forces to serve in Disasters, is scheduled for Oct. 16-17 at The Chapel, 4444 Galloway Rd., Sandusky, O.

It is free and open to the public.

In the wake of the June 2010 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties, volunteers “did an awesome job,” says Moritz, who was chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District at the time.

The City of Northwood plans to construct restrooms and a concession stand near baseball diamonds in Brentwood Park.

“I’m trying to gradually get the park upgraded,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson.

The project will also help the Miracle League, which plays baseball in the park, he added. The Miracle League provides opportunities to children and adults with disabilities to play baseball.

City council last year earmarked $38,000 in the budget for the project, mostly to cover the estimated cost to run water and sewer lines off nearby Tracy Road to the concession stand and restrooms, said Anderson.

“We appropriated some money last year to start the project,” he said.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is also prepared to help, he said.

“They’ve agreed in principle to fund some of it,” said Anderson.

In February, a ruling by a Lucas County Court of Common Pleas judge in 2013 to reinstate the former fire chief in Jerusalem Township after trustees fired him was reversed by Ohio’s Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The appellate court, consisting of Judges Mark L. Pietrykowski, Arlene Singer, and James D. Jenson, unanimously voted on Feb. 6 to uphold the trustees’ dismissal of former Fire Chief Harold Stanton.

Stanton filed an appeal of that decision with the Supreme Court of Ohio in March. On September 16, the high court decided to not accept the appeal for review.

In its ruling, the court simply wrote, “Upon consideration of the jurisdictional memoranda filed in this case, the court declines to accept jurisdiction of the appeal.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has unanimously dismissed a complaint by the Sandusky County prosecutor’s office that challenged an appointment to a vacant seat on the Woodmore Board of Education.

The court ruled the school board had followed state law when it selected Daniel Hoppe in May during a special meeting to fill a seat vacated by Grant Cummings, then the board vice president, who had resigned earlier that month.

The prosecutor’s office filed its complaint June 11, arguing the Ohio Revised Code requires an appointment to be made by a probate court judge when a school board doesn’t act within a required time frame. The complaint asked that Hoppe prove he is rightfully a member of the board and, failing to do that, asked to remove him from the board.

Board President Steve Huss applauded the decision.

Refinancing a portion of its bond debt will save the Genoa Area Local School District approximately $221,990, according to the administration, which announced last week it had completed a refinancing agreement.

The debt was incurred to finance the district’s share of construction costs for the John C. Roberts Middle School building.

“This savings will go directly to the district taxpayers,” Bill Nye, district treasurer, said. “I’ll be meeting with the Ottawa County auditor to have the tax adjusted. This will effectively reduce taxpayer costs.”

Voters in 1999 approved a bond levy to build the new school. The district also received a credit of $6.2 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission for the project.

The school opened in 2001.

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