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Costs for sidewalk banners debated by council

Talk of donated downtown sidewalk banners recently spurred an argument among two members of Oak Harbor Village Council.

The streetscape changeover to handmade, four-foot winter themed banners occurs this month. The banners are a promotion of the Oak Harbor Development Committee. Twenty-two sets were sold and are expected to be hung in November to kick off the holidays, according the committee president Mike Shadoan, who appeared before council for a committee update on Nov. 3.

Riverview Industries personnel painted snowmen and winter birds across the larger portion of the banner. Sponsor names run along the bottom.

The intent, he added, is to sell enough to be able to change out banners each season. Spring banners are on sale now, according to the committee’s Facebook page. The old version – manufactured, vinyl banners - lasted between three and five years. The news banners are expected to have the same shelf life.

A fundraiser to benefit the Tiger Ridge Exotics wild animal refuge is scheduled for Nov. 29 at the Glass City Boardwalk on East Broadway.

Ken Hetrick, owner of the refuge on Fremont Pike in Stony Ridge, has been racing the clock to bring the facility in compliance with new state regulations.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to 6 p.m. and include a spaghetti dinner, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, music and activities for children.

An organizer of the benefit, Lauren LaRoe, Walbridge, said the community is supporting Hetrick because he’s provided a haven for animals for more than 30 years. Many of the animals are elderly, she said, and have come under Hetrick’s care from previous owners who no longer wanted them.

Donations from across the country have helped him meet costs for new fencing, insurance, permits and other requirements of the Ohio Dangerous Wild Animal Act, which bans unpermitted ownership of certain animals and reptiles after Jan. 1, 2014. The restricted list covers lions, tigers, and other “large cats”, bears, elephants, certain monkeys, rhinos, alligators, crocodiles, anacondas and pythons longer than 12 feet, certain vipers and venomous snakes.

Officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture were expected to be at the Tiger Ridge Exotics wild animal refuge in Stony Ridge late last week to inspect the premises and determine if the owner has met state regulations for such facilities.

Erica Hawkins, a spokesperson for the department, on Thursday confirmed inspectors were to be at the site to assess the site, including the caging and care of the animals.

Owner Ken Hetrick on Wednesday said he’s been receiving funds from donors across the nation and has been racing to make the improvements required by a relatively new state law as well as purchase the needed insurance.

“We’re working every night to try to get in compliance with everything they want,” he said. “I have the signs made. I have the insurance, microchips.”

The Oregon school board is facing some tough decisions in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9 mill emergency levy in last Tuesday’s election.

Out of 6,992 votes cast, the levy lost by 60.23 percent (4,211) to 39.77 percent (2,781), according to unofficial results by the Lucas County board of elections.

Oregon schools Superintendent Lonny Rivera said he was frustrated by the loss.

“I think there have been some black clouds over our district. Maybe some people think they are still there. I really don’t know,” he said. “We have held costs down. We aren’t doing things that normally fail levies.”

The economy may also be playing a role in the lack of support, he said. The district has close to 50 percent of students getting free and reduced lunches in our district, a reflection of families who are still struggling economically.

Oregon’s Recreation and Parks Committee will hold a meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Oregon Municipal Building on Seaman Road to discuss senior services and options for a senior center location.

Administrator Mike Beazley said discussion will focus on specific recommendations for a senior services plan to be funded by revenue from a 0.5-mill senior levy passed by residents last November.

Voters approved the five year levy to expand senior services. The levy will generate $210,000 each year to the city. The city has already collected senior levy revenue this year.

A senior advisory committee has been meeting every couple of weeks since April to discuss the best options for distributing the levy funds, including the location of a senior center.

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