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Asking questions about whether a relative of a school administrator met the criteria for admittance into the National Honor Society has landed a Woodmore school board member in hot water.

Joe Liszak said he intended to meet Friday (Aug. 22) with representatives of the teachers’ union to discuss what the union claims is a violation of its contract.

The Woodmore Education Association filed a grievance Aug. 12 against Liszak, claiming he violated the complaint procedure of the contract.

“On Tuesday, August 5 a high school teacher and advisor for the National Honor Society was contacted on her personal cell phone by board member Joe Liszak,” the grievance says. “Mr. Liszak proceeded to tell the teacher that 2 parents had contacted him regarding the National Honor Society admissions/appeals process. The Complaint Procedure in the contract clearly states that if a complaint is made it must be directed to the teacher by either the complaining party themselves, the principal, or the superintendent.”

Former Councilwoman Sandy Bihn urged city officials on Monday to support the need for federal standards for acceptable levels of microcystin in the water.

The acceptable level of microcystin in drinking water is 1 part per billion, according to the World Health Organization, but there are no state or federal standards.

The issue has been heightened since microcystin, produced by blue green algal blooms in Lake Erie, was detected at 3 parts per billion in a sample taken at Toledo’s water treatment on Aug. 2 that prompted an advisory against drinking tap water for three days. Microcystin at levels exceeding 1 part per billion can cause abnormal liver function in humans and animals and can be lethal.

Supreme Court hears protection order case

Oral arguments were heard Wednesday by the Ohio Supreme Court in a case that centers on a civil stalking protection order issued against a Clay Township man.

At issue is whether state law requires a victim to actually experience mental distress or only believe that the stalker will cause the victim physical harm or mental distress, for a court to issue a protection order.

The Ottawa County Common Pleas Court agreed in 2011 with a request by Dorothy Fondessy for a protection order against her neighbor on N. Genoa-Clay Center Road, Tony Simon. The order, which is in effect for five years, directs Simon to stay at least 25 feet away from Fondessy and her husband, Wayne, and not have contact with them.

Tree houses and dog kennel construction are ramping up zoning trouble in the Village of Genoa.

Village council and its planning committee will be reviewing proposed zoning text amendments regarding the structures in the next few months, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said following Monday night’s regular meeting.

The zoning text needs to be more specific regarding the dog kennels, he said.

Northwood this year is facing a 400 percent increase in the cost of road salt compared to last year’s price.

In 2013, the city paid less than $33 per ton. This year, the lowest bid is over $136 a ton, said City Administrator Bob Anderson.

“Although local stockpiles may be down, this is more than a 400 percent increase for a commodity that is not in short supply nationally and whose price will come down as local stockpiles are replenished,” he said.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) coordinates the bidding process so that any government entity that wants to be part of a much larger group can do so.

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