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More local government collaboration on the way, speakers say
Look for more collaboration among local governments looking to cut costs even though local tax revenues are increasing.

That was the message delivered to the members of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual State of Our Communities breakfast meeting Thursday at the Lutheran Home of Toledo.

Mike Beazley, Oregon’s administrator, said Mayor Mike Seferian, city council and the city’s unions have worked together over the last two years to cut $2 million from the city budget, mostly through attrition and cross-training personnel. But, despite the cuts and an increase in tax revenue, Beazley anticipates the city will receive less funds from the state and federal governments next year, leaving local communities with more of the burden for capital improvements projects such as roads.

Ed Schimmel, Northwood city councilman, agreed that neighboring communities will have to find more ways to collaborate in delivering services. He anticipates the city will end this year with a small surplus even though it is funding a new full-time EMS service. Whether the city will be able to continue funding the service will depend on the economy and how much the state and federal government reduce funding in 2013.

Others who spoke before the crowd of more than 70 business and community leaders included Brad Peebles, commissioner of development for the City of Toledo; Joe Kiss, Jerusalem Township trustee, and Brad Fisher, police officer with the Village of Walbridge.

Peebles said the city will demolish the Acme Plant on the Marina District site because it has been determined that “the investment needed exceeds the end value.”

He also said he anticipates Dashing Pacific, the Chinese investment group, will break ground within 12 months on its proposed International Village at The Marina District.

The chamber also elected new board members and officers. The officers are: Angela Crosby of Occupational Care Consultants, president; Rick Jaques of Simply Green lawn Service, vice president; Kathy King of National Bank of Ohio, secretary and Brent Shimman of S & D Capital, treasurer.

New board members in addition to Shimman are: Mary Lou Vargo of PNC Bank, Michele Boothby of Matthews Ford, and Brad Fisher of Jeffers Crane.


Gold stars
Three Oakdale students were among four winners of a design contest for Republic Services, the private waste collection provider for the City of Toledo, and the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission.

Republic-press-conference
L to R: Dave Vossmer, Gen. Mgr. Republic Services, Larry Sykes, member
of Toledo Board of Education, Manual Mathis, Tracy Knighten, Pricipal of
Oakdale Elementary, Tina Woznial, Lucas County Commissioner, and Brenda
Hill, V.P. of Toledo Board of Education.

The contest called “Design a Truck” promoted recycling. Students from Toledo Public Schools K-8 participated. Winners were Manuel Mathis, Katie Fuller and Madison Gacita, all fourth graders at Oakdale, and Briana Jaquez, a third grader at Glendale-Feilbach Elementary School.

A separate contest entitled “Get Your Green On” was held to design a logo for The Sustainability Commission. Taylor Southward, a St. Ursula student won and her submission will appear on all TARTA buses.

Republic’s General Manager Dave Vossmer presented the “Design-A-Truck” winners with one-year memberships to Toledo’s Imagination Station and a Kindle.

Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak recognized Southward with a $100 gift card to The Andersons and a Kindle for her winning logo design.

Republic Services, Inc. provides recycling and solid waste collection, transfer and disposal services in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission coordinates sustainability efforts within Lucas County and promotes the sustainability of the Greater Toledo/Lucas County area. The Commission is a collaborative partnership between local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses and area residents.


The bottom line
First Defiance Financial Corp. announced today that net income for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 totaled $15.5 million, or $1.42 per diluted common share compared to $8.1 million or $.75 per diluted common share for the year ended December 31, 2010, according to a company news release.

First Defiance is the parent company of First Federal Savings & Loan which has offices in Genoa and Oregon.


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