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Elmore village officials are asking executives of the Huntington National Bank to not put any deed restrictions on the Rice Street property which the bank plans to close its branch as part of a consolidation.

Huntington Bank recently announced it is closing the branch at 365 Rice Street at the end of the year.

Mayor Matt Damschroder and village council have sent a letter to Huntington, thanking management for the service of the branch to the community but asking no limitations be put on what type of business may decide to locate there.

“After much discussion and consultation with our legal team, village council has unanimously agreed to send you an official letter strongly urging you to refrain from adding any deed restrictions or any other types of restrictions on the current property (365 Rice Street Elmore, Ohio) that would substantially limit the property uses to anything other than a bank or financial institution for which property it was intended to be used when originally built,” the letter says. “We feel any limitations would severely inhibit a timely sale and, at the same time, greatly diminish the probability of Elmore being immediately served by another local financial institution.

The prison sentences of two men involved in a 2013 robbery at an Oak Harbor residence have been upheld by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals.

The court has ruled the 11-year and 14-year sentences imposed on Cody McClanahan and Paul Thebeau, III, respectively by the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas didn’t violate state law and their right to due process.

The case stemmed from a Dec. 5, 2013 robbery at the home of James Edens, Jr., who was in the home at the time with his sons Jimmy Edens, Ryan DeVincent and Kevin Edens.

Jimmy had been with McClanahan and Thebeau earlier in the evening and they believed he had stolen $25 and a pack of cigarettes from them, according to court records, which state the two punched James Edens and threw him to the ground.

They also threatened Ryan and Kevin, who were upstairs at the time, and told them they would harm the family if they reported the incident to police.

A rural Oak Harbor man is facing a felony operating a vehicle while impaired charge after his Dec. 13 arrest. Authorities say this is the sixth time Steven Ontko, 42, Portage River South Road, has been picked up for the violation.

Ontko spent the rest of the weekend in the Ottawa County Detention Facility after his arrest shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday in the driveway of his home. He appeared Monday in Ottawa County Municipal Court. Following his hearing, he was released on a $10,130 cash bond, according to detention facility records.

Ontko is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 22. The charge is a third degree felony, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Ontko has five previous OVI convictions, occurring in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004, records show.

Oregon City Council approved a $19.8 million budget for next year, slightly more than 2014’s budget of $18.4 million.

“We believe with this budget, we can maintain Oregon’s tradition of a high level of services for our residents,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley.

The city will continue its $1 million road improvement program that was in the 2014 budget.

“It’s so important, in terms of quality of life for our residents and from an economic development prospective,” he said. The city will also continue upgrading Navarre Avenue.

“It is our main street. It’s an important investment in our future, as we go forward,” said Beazley.

In addition, upgrades will be made to capital equipment, some of it as the result of a harsh winter earlier this year, he said.

“Some of that investment stems from some of the high costs and wear and tear that came from a very tough winter,” said Beazley.

The biggest expense next year will be for police, fire and EMS services, which total $10,301,898.

The Eastwood school board Monday approved a resolution to participate in the Ohio School Facilities Commission program – a step that will formally allow the district to receive state funds for the construction of a new elementary school building, pending OSFC approval.

The board’s resolution will be considered during the OSFC’s January meeting and then submitted to the state controlling board for final approval, Dave Michel, the school district’s treasurer, said.

The board plans to use revenues from a tax abatement agreement with The Home Depot and public utility taxes from a Troy Energy plant to cover most of the district’s share of construction costs.

Michel said the district will pay $12.45 million for the project. Of that, $1.45 million will come from the district’s general fund to cover what are called locally funded initiatives not covered by the OSFC. The local initiatives will be finalized during the design process.

The OSFC is expected to provide approximately $7 million for the project.

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