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The State Employment Relations Board has certified the results of elections by employees of Lake Township to unionize.

The board certified the results during its April 16 meeting, allowing the employees to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 245.

Elections were held from Feb. 24 to March 9.

Nine employees, including laborers, a secretary, parks director, cemetery sexton and assistant sexton voted for representation by the union, according to SERB. There were no votes against representation and none of the ballots were voided or challenged.

Thirty members of the township fire department also voted for the union while four voted against.

There were no voided ballots and two ballots were challenged.

Full-time and part-time firefighters and emergency medical technicians, including captains, lieutenants and battalion chiefs will be covered by the union. The fire chief and deputy fire chief will not.

The police chief/administrator and officer manager of the police department will not be included in a collective bargaining unit as well as the zoning inspector, a payroll/accounting clerk and seasonal employees.

Fifty-four-year-old lifelong East Toledo resident Jerry Klug remembers his parents taking him to Pearson Metropark as a child.

What his parents may have not realized is they started a lifelong passion. An adult Detroit Tigers baseball fan could probably relate it to the first time his father took him to Tiger Stadium.

What does Klug do at Pearson? He counts birds, among other things.

“I’ve been into this stuff ever since I was a little kid and I’ve been coming out here keeping track of what I’ve seen,” Klug said. “My parents took me out here in the early 60s, but by the mid-60s or so I started to become aware enough to keep track of what I was seeing, but I have just had a lifelong interest in this stuff. I also got into nature because I worked on my great aunt’s p-fowl farm (poultry farm) for years when I was a kid.”

Klug is a charter member of Friends of Pearson, which was founded in 1990, and has been a Toledo Area Metroparks volunteer 28 years.

“He is a remarkable volunteer with an uncanny ability to recall birds and even the dates that he documented them,” said Metroparks public relations director Scott Carpenter.

At least once every two weeks Klug is at Pearson counting bird species. His research was included in a presentation by retired Metroparks naturalist Karen Mitchell at Pearson’s Macomber Lodge during the Friends of Pearson-hosted March Sunday Series.


Oregon Council on Monday approved a $291,175 contract with Poggemeyer Design Group, Bowling Green, to provide engineering services for the installation of a trunk waterline on Brown Road and the replacement of a waterline on Navarre Avenue.

Approximately two miles of a 16” trunk waterline will be installed on Brown Road. It will follow a north-south alignment from Navarre Avenue to Brown Road midway between Coy and Lallendorf Roads. At Brown Road, the trunk waterline will head west towards I-280 to connect to an existing 16” trunk waterline that ends on the south side of Brown Road just east of I-280.

Approximately 1.8 miles of existing eight-inch waterline will be replaced along Navarre Avenue from Isaac Streets Drive to Lallendorf Road.

Councilman Jerry Peach said there was a question of whether there should be two water lines along Navarre Avenue.

Public Service Director Paul Roman said cost is a factor.

“There’s no doubt in my mind it would be nice,” he said. “You would need easements as a part of adding a second parallel line. You may need it just for a single line to get it out of the road. No matter what, we want to get the waterline out of the road pavement. And two lines we think would be more beneficial for fire protection. I think the deciding factor will come down to costs. A single line would likely be a lesser cost.”

Ottawa County officials wrapped up the first quarter of 2015 by approving a number of pay raises for union and non-union employees.

Most recently, the board of county commissioners approved a contract for road deputies, the third and final division of the deputies to be addressed for the sheriff’s office. The biggest issue was salary, according to Sheriff Steve Levorchick.

Road deputies will receive a 3 percent raise this year followed by two years of raises amounting to 2.75 percent annually.

The contracts for the communications division and the corrections department were approved earlier in the year. They also receive 3 percent raises with 2.5 percent increases in the ensuing years.

However, all the contracts contain a “Me, Too” clause, the sheriff noted. That is, if any other county workers, whether union or non-union, receives a 3 percent raise in the second and third year of the deputies’ contracts, the law enforcement officers will also receive 3 percent raises, Levorchick explained.

Contracts passed deputy approval easily.

“The lady representing the Fraternal Of Police said the negotiations went smoother than they have in years,” Levorchick said. “They were only in session for a couple of hours each.

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