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A new fire truck is being put into service by the Harris-Elmore Fire Department.

Harris Township trustees purchased the Spartan truck for $275,000 through a state program.

Carol Baker, a trustee, said a bequest from the estate of Frederick R. Damschroder, an estate tax settlement and revenues from an existing levy were used to make the purchase without asking voters for more taxes. She said the township negotiated the price down from $296,000.

Ohio Plaza Shopping Center LLC, owner of the Woodville Mall, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Ohio Northern Bankruptcy Court on May 11.

Late last year, Northwood filed a lawsuit against the Woodville Mall for foreclosure judgment on a lien, previously part of a ruling by the Wood County Common Pleas court to force the owners to complete demolition of the mall on time.

Most of the mall, located at 3725 Williston Road, was razed last year, but buildings that were leased by The Andersons and Elder-Beerman are still standing likely due to asbestos contamination, Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson said last week.

The Wood County Common Pleas court in 2013 ruled that all unused structures on the premises, debris, building materials and trash, were to be removed by May 2, 2014, and that asphalt and cement slabs were to be removed by July 31, 2014.

Buoyed by a reimbursement of $280,000 from the North Point Educational Service Center, the short-term financial outlook of the Woodmore Local School District has become a little rosier.

The reimbursement stems from an overpayment by the district in 2013 to North Point for contracted services. Jaime Pearson, district treasurer, discovered the discrepancy recently and brought it to the attention of North Point, which agreed with her finding.

Pearson presented revised revenue and expenditure figures to the finance committee of the district’s school board last week –including the reimbursement - and will present a more detailed picture of the district’s financial situation to the full board at its May 19 regular meeting.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) earlier this month announced that the Northwood Fire Department had been awarded $21,905 for Operations and Safety by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

The fire department was awarded the funding as part of round 3 of the competitive Fiscal Year 2014 AFG program announcements.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program helps firefighters and other first responders improve their ability to protect the public and themselves. Projects funded in the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has proposed more changes to the state’s formula for farmland valuation, saying the reforms would result in more accurate valuations that reflect the economic conditions the agricultural sector is facing.

In a May 13 letter to the Ohio Department of Taxation, the Farm Bureau contends the changes to the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program would also encourage more participation in conservation practices.

The Farm Bureau’s recommendations challenge what it says are inaccurate assumptions in the current CAUV formula covering capitalization: that farmland is a short-term investment and it becomes more valuable as its mortgage is paid down.

The formula assumes land is held for only five years. The Farm Bureau is arguing farmland is typically held for decades across multiple generations.


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