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John Melnyk, a former councilman, has been spearheading a food drive for needy residents in Northwood for about 10 years. Lately, he’s been seeing more people in need showing up at city hall on Wales Road, where the food is distributed regularly on the last Wednesday of the month. Food supplies, though, have been low. Recently, it was barely enough.

Melnyk is appealing to the public for food and/or monetary donations to meet the shortfall this Christmas. The need for food surges on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of Wednesday, food will be distributed next Friday, Dec. 19, since the following Wednesday is Christmas Eve.

The situation has been exacerbated by the closing of Giant Eagle earlier this year. The grocery store had been donating day old perishable items – fresh fruit, vegetables and baked goods, to the food bank.

“I was also working with Andersons on a plan for non-perishable items at the mall, but then that store shut down, too,” said Melnyk. “I haven’t tried Kroger or Meijer yet. I’ll see what I can come up with, and maybe work on an arrangement as I had with Giant Eagle.”

Come 2015, the village of Oak Harbor’s income tax credit is a thing of the past.

Village council voted earlier this month to eliminate the tax credit that has been in existence for more than 40 years, Village Administrator Randy Genzman said.

Currently, the village collects a 1 percent income tax from village residents who live and work in the village. People who live in the village but work in communities where another tax is collected are exempt from the tax right now.

The income tax collection dates back to 1971 and, last year, brought in just over $680,000, according to records provided by Tax Administrator Kim Mehlow.

The Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation, or “land bank”, released 106 East Toledo properties that will be part of its second round of acquisitions.

Of 21 properties in Batch 1, 20 of them are already demolished or scheduled for demolished, while most of the rest have already been acquired, are under the process of acquisition by the land bank, or under review for acquisition proceedings.

The acquisitions and demolitions are the result of a $7.2 million grant from the Ohio Housing Financing Agency, the second-highest total of 11 land banks statewide receiving a combined total $49.5 million to tackle blighted communities. Land bank officials say that includes $1 million specifically earmarked for properties in East Toledo.

•1031 Albert, sold as side lot
•710 Ashwood, sold as side lot
•1947 Bakewell, sold as side lot
•411 Bassett, demo only
•963 Berry, inactive
•643 Berry, sold as side lot
•617 Berry, sold as side lot
•910 Butler, sold as side lot
•2432 Caledonia St., demo only
•737 Chesbrough, open
•739 Chesbrough, acquired
•741 Chesbrough, sold as side lot
•751 Chesbrough, acquired
•435 Clark, sold as side lot
•864 Clark, demo only
•844 Clark, sold as side lot
•618 Coney Ct., acquired

City council wants more time to consider rehiring Jim Gilmore, commissioner of the Building and Zoning department, after his retirement was accepted at a meeting on Monday.

Mayor Mike Seferian asked council to approve Gilmore’s retirement effective Nov. 30 but followed that up with a request to reappoint him to the position.

Seferian called his retirement “sudden,” but said it was prompted by “some changes in the benefit package” that the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) provides.

“You had to retire before Dec. 1 to keep some of the benefits,” said Seferian. “So we had spoken with Mr. Gilmore after that and expressed our desire to want to keep him in the City of Oregon for about three years to continue on with completing some of the goals we had set up to accomplish in the inspection department. So we have come up with appointment conditions, one of which would be he would come in at a pay range of $10,000 less than what he was getting prior to Nov. 30.”

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