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Funerals were held for two firemen, Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman, who lost their lives fighting a north Toledo fire. Pictured, David Henninger, a volunteer firefighter with Lake Township, and others, salute as the funeral procession for firefighter James Dickman heads down Navarre Ave., Oregon. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/hehphotos.com)
A promise to bring back respect ‘to ‘05’ By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer email@example.com Seventy-one percent of the East Toledo electorate voted for Mayor D. Michael Collins when he defeated incumbent Michael Bell last November. Mayor Collins says that helped get him elected, and promises “the ’05 is going to regain the respect that it has lost.” To East Toledo residents, “the ‘05” is a commonly used term for their community’s zip code, 43605. “Thank you for your confidence in me and that confidence in me is not going to be misplaced,” Collins told about 50 East Toledo residents Monday night. Collins spoke at the Birmingham Development Corporation’s monthly meeting at Birmingham Branch Library. He was asked by BDC President Father Frank Eckart to talk about housing stock code enforcement, safety issues, and a need for more youth recreational facilities. Collins, who took office January 3, went further and talked about Toledo’s antiquated infrastructure and sewer problems, potholes in the city’s streets, snow removal, a return to neighborhood policing, and his desire for the city to employ new technology. For example, on his first day at his of-
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A federal Civil Rights Action was filed against Woodmore Local Schools and football coaches Britton Devier and Todd Bringman stemming from an alleged hazing incident in which a player suffered a traumatic brain injury. The case involves a 16-year-old student represented by the Charles E. Boyk law firm of Toledo and is assigned to Judge Jeffrey J. Helmick in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Western Division. Plaintiffs Daniel Sprinski and Amy Sprinski, the 16-year-old’s parents, are asking for $75,000 or more in compensatory damages for personal injuries, pain and suffering, disability, medical and hospital expenses, sanctions, exemplary damages, and other damages, along with reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, pre-judgment costs, and other relief the court deems just. The school district responded with a statement reading, “The Woodmore School District maintains a high standard of safety consistent with schools in the State of Ohio and the safety of our students and studentathletes is a top priority. This concern was immediately investigated and addressed and all required reports were made. “Not only did the district conduct a thorough investigation, but the Ohio Attorney General’s office conducted an investigation along with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and presented testimony from 49 witnesses to a grand jury, resulting in no indictment and no charges against Woodmore Schools or its employees. “While we cannot discuss specifics at this time due to student privacy laws, the district strongly disputes the false allegations in the lawsuit and looks forward to providing its response to the court.” Board member Steve Huss said two attorneys have been retained, including one representing the insurance company. A statement from the Boyk law office alleges, “On September 10, 2013, Head Coach Devier and Assistant Coach Bringman organized and implemented an attack against players as part of an effort to punish and
fice on the 22nd floor of One Government Center, he looked around for his computer but found none. He was then told that no previous mayor had ever used a computer in the office, which he changed immediately. Add to that, he plans to employ new technology on reporting crime, housing nuisances, domestic violence issues, and other neighborhood disturbances, by taking advantage of social media networks. He also talked about changing the culture of families and neighborhoods in Toledo. “Call City Hall is gone — we’re putting it all under one umbrella,” Collins said. “We are not going to do things the way we used to do them because obviously that doesn’t work. We’re never going to fix it unless we fix the fundamentals, like responsible parenting.”
Collins added that he plans to hire 40 police officers, with an estimated attrition of 28 retirees per year, and says the net gain will gradually get the city’s manpower back up to the 700 officers that is needed. “Right now, we are a police department which is reactive rather than proactive,” Collins said. He promised the city will become more aggressive on burglaries, property crimes, and crimes against persons. The mayor, a former city police officer, recalled days when an officer was assigned a beat, and often walked that beat. He said he wants to bring back neighborhood policing, including pairing up officers in patrol cars and assigning policemen to a specific neighborhood. “Indeed, we’ve scratched the surface, but it’s going to happen,” Collins said. Former city and state lawmaker Peter Ujvagi, a Birmingham native and resident, said he would like to see an officer, when paired with another in one patrol vehicle, get out of the car and walk the streets for three or four blocks at a time. He said the officer’s presence, although brief, will benefit the neighborhood. Tidy Towns Collins said along with the police officer, a code inspector and nuisance inspector will be “exclusively assigned to this (Continued on page 2)
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Mayor’s promise Continued from front page area, reporting every quarter, and aggressively moving at nuisance properties and all the contaminants, if you will, that have a negative effect on our quality of life.” “They are going to be directly responsible to network with Block Watch and we are going to turn our neighborhoods around one at a time,” the mayor continued. Collins said he believes a pilot project, to start soon in Point Place before coming to East Toledo, will build partnerships between the city and residents. The program has been altered slightly since he announced it during his campaign. “I’m sort of getting away from this Tidy Towns, because we’re not a town, we’re a community of neighborhoods,” Collins said. “To call us a bunch of tidy little towns isn’t really correct. It works in Ireland but it doesn’t work very well in Toledo, because we have neighborhoods which have exclusive identities and have their own culture and structure. One size doesn’t fit everybody. “We’re not in a situation where government can come and say, ‘This is the way it’s going to be.’ Nobody should tell you what your neighborhood should be, you should tell government what you would like to see that neighborhood be. After all, you are
the stakeholders in that neighborhood. The government is merely an entity that provides the structure, the support, and the core services which go to an urban setting,” the mayor continued. The mayor said the city could help find business partners for neighborhood projects, but added that residents must do their part in taking back neighborhoods. “This is not the city’s project. This is the city’s way of filling our responsibilities to your project,” Collins said. “I used an analogy, I said, ‘If we come out and clean an alley, we can spend three days cleaning an alley, and that alley can be pristine when we get done. We get everything clean and a month later what is that alley going to look like? It’s going to be right back to what it looked like. “Now, if we engage the people who live on those streets near that alley, and we get sweat equity across the board, and people are out there participating and we are out there participating, and we have a partnership, what do you think is going to happen when that next knucklehead comes down there and decides he is going to throw tires into that alley? “There’s going to be a license number, there is going to be a report, and there’s going to be an arrest, and that’s the way we keep our neighborhoods because we have to take control of our own neighborhoods as well.
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haze certain members of the football team for lack of ‘hustle.’ “Due to the extreme heat, that day’s practice was planned as a ‘non-contact’ practice, meaning the players were instructed not to wear their full uniforms; only helmets, shoulder pads, girdles with hip pads, and shorts. “When the players failed to complete their non-contact drills to the satisfaction of Devier and Bringman, they were ordered to return to the locker room and change into full uniforms, making sure to be back on the field within eight minutes. The players were also warned that failure to return to the field within the allotted eight minutes would result in several consequences. “Of the approximately 45 players on the team, only 6-10 returned to the field within eight minutes. Those not returning in time were instructed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a single file line and were from that point referred to as ‘Old Woodmore.’ The ‘New Woodmore’ players were those who had made it back in time. The ‘Old Woodmore’ players were instructed to ‘take a hit’ before they could join the ‘New Woodmore’ team, which is when the ‘New Woodmore’ players were instructed to hit the ‘Old Woodmore’ players as hard as possible. The ‘Old Woodmore’ players were also forced to participate in the ‘Bull in the Ring’ drill in which any behavior against the victim was allowed: grabbing face masks, pulling, pushing and hitting, among other acts. “The ‘Old Woodmore’ players were not allowed to make any effort to defend themselves,” Boyk’s statement continues. In the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Bringman pushed the “New Woodmore” players to help get them running at the “Old Woodmore” players. “Our 16-year-old client was one of the ‘Old Woodmore’ players who were hit with such force that he subsequently vomited, became disoriented, and collapsed, which are all tell-tale signs of a severe brain injury. No ambulance was called. “Our client was unresponsive while his older brother and teammate drove him home. His parents took him to Mercy St. Charles Hospital before he was transported via ambulance to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he was ultimately diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury after spending the night at the Intensive Care Unit.” The lawsuit claims the 16-year-old was initially diagnosed with a concussion and a spinal injury “causing transient weakness and sensory changes in his arms and legs.” It adds that he was subsequently diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. The Boyk law office says the 16-yearold is no longer attending Woodmore
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Top photo, At the Birmingham Library, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins speaks at the Birmingham Development Corporation’s monthly meeting. Bottom photo, Linda Hendricks, left, and Barb Halasz had questions for the mayor. (Press photos by Ken Grosjean)
Schools and that doctors say he can never play contact sports again. The plaintiffs allege “the football drills in question did not comply with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s guidelines regarding the reduction of head and neck injuries in football.” In conversations with The Press, Dan Sprinski said he believes Bringman’s role being in charge of the drill led to the incident and injury to his son, but says Devier was on the practice field at the time. Devier was contacted by email but declined to comment on the advice of counsel. Bringman resigned after the incident. Bringman’s mother, Rebecca Migliori, told The Press in September that parents are running a “witch hunt” against her son and notes all the positive things he has done for the youth athletic programs in the Woodmore district. “In light of the recent Super Bowl, we hope that parents take the time to talk to their child athletes about the types of drills that are being run during practice,” Charles Boyk stated. “Drills in any sport should be used as a tool to increase skill and performance, not to punish players. When coaches use retaliation and punishment instead of encouragement to drive their drills, lines are quickly crossed and injuries occur. “The purpose of the lawsuit is to stress the importance of protecting child athletes, especially since their bodies and brains are still developing.”
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State monitoring propane fuel situation By Larry Limpf News Editor email@example.com State officials continue to address complaints about the price and supply of propane fuel. Attorney General Mike DeWineâ€™s office said it is â€œactively monitoringâ€? complaints about price-gouging and that it plans to work with attorneys general in other states on possible anti-competitive activity related to the sale of propane. About six percent of the Ohioâ€™s population uses propane to heat homes, according to Census data. â€œWe want to assure Ohioans that we will carefully monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related to the extreme cold,â€? DeWine said. Ohio doesnâ€™t have a statute dealing directly with price gouging but state law bans â€œunconscionable sales practices,â€? he said, which could be described as a supplier knowing at the time of the transaction the price was substantially higher than the price at which similar goods or services could be readily obtained. DeWine is having consumers contact his office when their tank is 10 percent or less full. A staff member will call the con-
sumerâ€™s supplier to determine why a fill has been delayed. Suspected price gouging should be reported to his office by calling 800-2820515. The assessment room of the stateâ€™s emergency operations center has remained in operation to coordinate the response to counties affected by the shortage, said Tamara McBride, a spokesperson for the center. An emergency declaration by Gov. John Kasich to allow commercial haulers of propane and heating oil to spend more time on the road for deliveries is scheduled to expire Feb. 16. The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a similar declaration for interstate highways. Congressman Bob Latta said heâ€™s joined with other members of the Ohio congressional delegation to request the federal emergency exemption is extended past the Feb. 11 scheduled expiration. In the Midwest, delivery and supply problems surfaced in the autumn when many farm areas had better than average yields of grain crops. Many fields, however, were wet, requiring large of amounts of propane for drying before storage. The National Propane Gas Association last month issued a statement saying â€œin-
frastructure re-alignmentsâ€? caused transportation problems. â€œThe Cochlin pipeline, which provided 40 percent of the product used by Minnesota suppliers, was shut down for repairs,â€? the statement said. â€œThis triggered a chain reaction causing suppliers to go further out to load their supply.â€? Another factor is the sharp increase in exports. â€œIn 2013, more than 20 percent of total U.S. propane was exported, up from 5 percent in 2008,â€? the NPGA said. According to the Energy Information Administration, residential propane prices in Ohio rose from $2.86 a gallon on Dec. 30 of last year to $3.90 by Feb. 3. Wholesale price rose from $1.76 to $2.35 during the same time. A statement on the Ferrellgas website says the situation is more accurately described as a â€œtransportation issue.â€? â€œThe United States is currently producing more propane now than at any time in many years,â€? the statement says. â€œThe challenge the industry is facing is moving propane from where itâ€™s stored to the thousands of homes, farms and businesses that need it.â€? The transportation issues have been compounded by record agricultural use, it adds.
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Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will participate in the Meals on Wheels Associationâ€™s â€œLove Lettersâ€? program this Valentineâ€™s Day. Tens of thousands of youth volunteers nation-wide are busy creating hand-crafted Valentineâ€™s Day cards for older homebound individuals. Youth from around the Northwest Ohio area will create Valentineâ€™s Day â€œLove Lettersâ€? which will be given out on Valentineâ€™s Day to older homebound individuals in Wood County who receive home-delivered meals through the Wood County Committee on Aging. For more information on the national â€˜Love Lettersâ€™ campaign, visit www.mowaa.org/love-letters. For information on programs and services at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., call 800-0367-4935.
â€œWillowsâ€? dinner Otterbein-Portage Valley Executive Chef Reggie Hall and his staff will present a dining experience reminiscent of the former Willows in Toledo Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5-8 p.m. Chef Reggie and staff are planning an array of menu choices presented in a leisurely, hospitable atmosphere like that created a half-century ago by the Skaff family. Space is limited and reservations are required. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call Geri Ricker at 419-833-8917.
Free zoo admission To thank Lucas County voters for their ongoing levy support, the Toledo Zoo is offering free admission to county residents throughout Presidentâ€™s Day weekend, from 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 through 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17. Valid proof of residency is required. In addition, Lucas County visitors will receive coupons to use throughout the weekend, plus an additional coupon for another zoo visit in April. To make zoo visits more affordable for all area families, online coupons for a 50 percent discount on admission through Feb. 26 are available at www.toledozoo.org/visit/PDF/ ToledoZooDiscount_50_Jan-Feb.pdf.
Oregon â€“ Unknown suspect stole a mailbox that was laying in a yard in the 5100 block of Bay Ridge Ct. on Jan. 16. â€˘ Unknown suspect obtained victimâ€™s information in the 3100 block of Flame Dr., and used it to make a debit card purchase in Columbus on Jan. 15. â€˘ Unknown suspect(s) attempted to break open money well in dryer in the 3100 block of Navarre Ave. but were unable on Jan. 19. â€˘ Unknown suspect(s) threw an object through a bedroom window in the 2000 block of Arkansas St., on Jan. 20. Lake Twp. â€“ A father and son have been arrested in connection with a burglary on E. Broadway last month. Police have charged Johnnie A. Barron, 20, Oregon, and his father, Nino R. Barron, 42, Toledo, each with six counts of burglary and one count of safe cracking. The resident reported someone had forced their way into the home and removed a flatscreen TV and jewelry. The Barronâ€™s were arrested Feb. 1. They are being held in the Wood County Justice Center on bonds of $130,000. â€˘ A resident of the 5700 block of Isch Road on Jan. 30 reported someone removed a TV, saw, and cash. â€˘ A driver on Feb. 1 reported someone siphoned gasoline from his truck while parked at the Loves Truck Plaza, Baker Drive. â€˘ A resident of the 29000 block of E. Freedom Drive on Feb. 3 reported someone removed prescription medication from her home.
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Genzman named interim Oak Harbor administrator By Cynthia L. Jacoby Special to The Press firstname.lastname@example.org The Oak Harbor streets department operations manager will become the interim administrator during the upcoming search to replace outgoing administrator Robert Pauley. Monday night, village council created the interim administrator position. Mayor Bill Eberle said Randy Genzman had been asked beforehand to fill the position and he accepted. Genzman, a 22-year employee of the village, runs the streets department which also oversees the park system. Prior to coming to the village, the 1989 Oak Harbor High School graduate worked for the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department. Genzman’s wage for the new position has yet to be decided. The figure will be negotiated in the days prior to Pauley’s departure Feb. 14, Fiscal Officer Debbie Carpenter said. His current wage was not available. Pauley, who has worked for the village of Oak Harbor since 2009, resigned in mid-January. His contract was up for renewal in March. In recent months, he has been under fire for the handling of the massive sewer system overflow problems, employee management and tension-filled exchanges with some members of council. The village began advertising the position almost immediately. Applications will be taken until late February and then reviewed by the mayor and a council committee, Eberle said. Adam Snyder, a landlord and regular council visitor, asked if council had set any new guidelines for the administrator. He specifically asked if the administrator would be required to live in the village. Council waived the residency rule for Pauley who lived at a Brooklyn Street residence but maintained a permanent home in Mentor, O. Eberle said those issues will all be discussed when the interview process begins. He noted so far they had received about five applications but gave no specifics other than one person is a Sylvania resident and a couple candidates called Michigan home. Genzman is not among those candidates – yet. In an interview after the meeting, he was asked if he will submit an application. “That’s something I am going to have to talk over with my wife,” Genzman replied. Right now, he planned to focus on efforts to prepare for weather-related problems. And in the days to come, he said he would learn more about the administrator job’s pressures when he assumed the duties. He felt confident he would stand up well to the test. “I have a number of great people that I surround myself with,” Genzman said.
Survey finds safety hazards at parks By J. Patrick Eaken Press Staff Writer email@example.com Forty percent of East Toledo’s households have children under the age of 18 living in them, 10 points higher than the city’s rate of 30 percent. So, ask representatives for One Voice for East Toledo, why aren’t 19 city parks on their side of the Maumee River in better shape? Seven resident volunteers invested in East Toledo conducted surveys over the course of eight weeks, gathering general park information, including the park’s condition. They took hundreds, maybe a thousand photos, and detailed their findings in a 22-page report. They found water fountains not working, graffiti, boarded buildings, damaged playground equipment, heaving sidewalks, safety hazards, broken tables, and more. The report, which includes priorities and recommendations on how to resolve the issues, was presented to city council’s parks and recreation committee Tuesday. Major findings were — • The 19 parks lack regular inspections and maintenance by the city, especially when it comes to play equipment, mowing, weed control, trees, sidewalks, etc. • Twelve of the 19 parks have serious equipment or maintenance issues that could cause injury to users of the park. • Eight of the 13 parks identified may not be suitable for recreational development or have no recreational equipment at all. • Four of the parks identified are used as sports and recreation facilities (Navarre, Ravine Parks I and II, and Collins). • Hecklinger’s Pond is considered a park, however, the city has posted signs stating it is unsafe for use. It is considered an environmental hazard. “This is everything. I grew up in the Peanut Hill area, which is Oak, Oakdale, and East Broadway, then moving to Birmingham in my 20s, buying a house and raising a family. I remember a better time. The parks were clean and supervised,” said 72-year-old lifetime East Toledo resident John Stvartak. “East Toledo’s population is 10 percent of Toledo, but we have a greater number of young, low wage earning families. Twenty-two percent of them have incomes of $10,000 or less with 39 percent living at or below the poverty level. East Toledo has only 12 percent of the 139,000 housing issues in the city. Fifty percent of the families here in East Toledo rent houses and I would say most of the ones who own homes are the elderly ones who have been there for quite a while. This means more young, wage-earning households with more children under the age of 18. “To have a good city, one needs to have a good infrastructure, and I realize in East Toledo we have a big infrastructure problem, and that’s not only the parks. Roads and parks are two of the important things that people rely on and this is very important for the value placed on neighborhoods. These are what other people see when visiting our town and when looking for a place to live. It very much affects the property values in the whole city.” One Voice recommendations Twenty-five residents, who were commended by council members for the report, were in council chambers to help One
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Voice liaison Jodi Gross present the report. Speakers included Stvartak, Bev Piper, Mary Wilson, Linda Hendricks, and Larry Avery. “That’s one of the reasons why it is so important. If they are living at the poverty level, a quality park is so very important to the growth of our children,” said Wilson, an East Toledo resident. “In that I grew up in East Toledo, I knew how valuable it was to me and how many pleasant and wonderful memories I have from having a park and playground that was safe and beautiful and allowed me to use my imagination. Parks used to be one of our most valuable resources that gave our children the OK to be a kid and to have fun and to use their imagination, and to grow and just be comfortable. “Of the 19 parks we have over in East Toledo, the cleanliness and upkeep we have has sort of just kind of come to a complete standstill. We have a lot of beautiful land with a lot of potential, it just needs a little TLC from the people who live here, which is us, and with help from the city to do their part in helping us to make our neighborhood a little better and something that the children can be proud of.” Their recommendations included grant opportunities to bring in funding for projects and area churches that are willing to sponsor nearby parks. The report also identified businesses and organizations as potential funding sources and partnerships. “We want to work closely with city and we know there are not a lot of funds,” Piper, a lifelong East Toledo resident, said. “I’m not afraid to push mulch around, collect garbage, trim trees, whatever we need to do, but we want to work somehow with
the city to get these (issues resolved). I want the parks to be like they were when I was a child.” However, they were told that having volunteers clean up and maintain the parks could present liability issues, which was verified by council members as something for the city’s law department to research. They were also told that volunteers working in the parks could present a conflict with labor unions representing city employees. Piper and Gross said the committee met with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department in September, and Piper acknowledged “that a couple days later they ‘fixed’ slides by putting up boards at the top of slides.” “Because the top of the slide is boarded up, but if you’re a child, and the slide is down here and the cracks are down here and the mammoth holes are at the bottom, children are going to climb the other way up. I’ve seen that at the park at Ravine by my house,” Piper said. District 3 Councilman Mike Craig responded, “Repairing the slide does not mean putting up $2 worth of plywood to keep somebody from sliding down the slide. I understand that there are financial concerns, but we need to look at a more holistic approach than that. A number of parks, if you look through the report, have some significant maintenance issues. We need to have those addressed. Some council members suggested discussions with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area to see if they could offer a solution or partnership. Craig would like to see remedies before the summer park season. He noted that he is pursuing remediation for Hecklinger’s Pond, but backed up with his own testimony many of the issues the One Voice subcommittee presented. “Basketball courts are almost non-existent and there are some real opportunities to provide recreation for people,” Craig said. “Birmingham Park has a concrete slab, but there are no basketball hoops. You know, in order to disturb a neighbor from that basketball court, you’d probably have to set off a bomb because it’s literally hundreds of yards away from the nearest house.”
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About 5,000 trucks a day use the exit, McLargin said, citing a traffic survey conducted a few years ago.
The Lake Township trustees heard a report Tuesday from Dan McLargin, road supervisor, that an application for a grant to pay for replacing a stretch of Libbey Road has been submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. The department announced late last year it is accepting applications for funding from the Turnpike Mitigation Program, which was established to assist communities that are adversely affected by turnpike traffic. Projects being considered include bridge preservation, resurfacing, noise walls, drainage improvements and other related infrastructure work. Proposed projects must be within one mile of the turnpike. The program will allocate about $5 million annually to projects with a cap of $1 million on individual projects. McLargin said it would cost about $140,000 to replace 240 feet of the road west of I-420 near exit 71 of the turnpike. He said the road was repaired about seven years ago but its condition has deteriorated because of the volume of traffic using the exit and Libbey Road.
Truck purchase Overtime costs for snow removal and other related expenses are having an impact on how Lake Township will pay for a new dump truck. The purchase will require revenues from the general fund because the cost of road salt and over-time costs for department personnel have strained another fund dedicated to road improvements, the township trustees were told Tuesday. The trustees, by a 2-1 vote, authorized the purchase of a 2014 Freightliner for $129,500 from a Lima, O. dealership and agreed to a recommendation by Vicki Schwamberger, fiscal officer, to make a down payment of $29,500 and finance the balance over three years. Schwamberger said the cost of snow removal and other expenses this year have strained the balance of the road fund The new truck will replace a 1994 International that broke down recently. Dan McLargin, road supervisor, said two estimates for repairing it were about $10,000 and $20,000. Trustee Jeff Pettit voted against the resolution to purchase a new truck, saying
the township should get three bids for repairs, but later voted with trustees Melanie Bowen and Richard Welling to adopt Schwambergersâ€™ recommendation on how to pay for it. The purchase has been discussed at two other meetings as the trustees weighed the pros and cons of repairing the old truck versus buying new. McLargin said crews plow more than 70 miles of township roads during the winter and trucks are often idling during other work. He said the old truck can be kept and used for parts.
By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor email@example.com Jerusalem Township Trustee Joe Kiss has, in the last two years, led the effort to raise funds for a new entrance way to the historic Oakwood Cemetery. Itâ€™s expected to be completed by spring. When Kiss was first elected, he wanted to make improvements to the cemetery, he said. â€œIt was always one of my plans to try and get a new entrance gate. So just through efforts of my own and some other people throughout the township, we got it to the finishing stages. We got the pillars up and we got some marble coming in. Itâ€™s just been a project weâ€™ve been working on and itâ€™s finally coming to fruition,â€? he said. â€œWhen the cemetery turned 100 in 2012, we put a new flagpole up,â€? he added, â€œbut didnâ€™t really have enough funds to get going on the new entranceway,â€? he said. â€œI always wanted it to have an authentic antique look with something like an archway, over two pillars on each side of the entrance of the drive. Basically, there are two eight foot columns on each side of the drive, and there is a stainless steel arch that goes over the top. There has never been, to the best of my knowledge, a real entrance marker to the cemetery. If there was, itâ€™s been long gone.â€? Funds from the cemetery budget, as well as donations from individuals and businesses have helped pay for the improvements, he said. â€œA good portion is funded through donations and from different people in the community. It is going to cost the township and cemetery some money. Some of the project is being done with in-kind services from people who know what theyâ€™re doing,â€? he said. Oakwood is the townshipâ€™s only cemetery, and Kiss felt â€œthere needed to be some identity to it.â€? â€œThereâ€™s a sign that says `Oakwood Cemeteryâ€™ but itâ€™s weathered. I really wanted something there that was more permanent for the next several generations of people,â€? he said. He did research and found the names of the trustees who passed a motion to start the cemetery in 1912. Their names will be etched into an historical marker as part of the project, said Kiss. â€œThen we went ahead and put on one of the pillars `Dedicated to the families of the Oakwood Cemetery.â€™â€? The names of the townshipâ€™s present trustees will also be etched in another marker, he added.
Insurance discussed After meeting in executive session for two hours, the trustees voted unanimously to increase the share for health insurance contributions for non-union employees to 12 per cent from 10. The change affects all covered employees who arenâ€™t members of the police department; the only unionized employees of the township. The trustees also discussed cemetery personnel and how the cemetery should be staffed after sexton Gary Schulte retires but took no action. Schulte, whoâ€™s been sexton for 27 years and employed by the township for 30, recently informed the trustees he plans to retire.
Road salt running low in Northwood By Kelly J. Kaczala Press News Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
The freezing temperatures and frequent snowstorms this winter have left Northwood short of road salt. â€œWeâ€™re basically running day to day,â€? said Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson. â€œI think weâ€™ve got enough to cover this storm and the next. But weâ€™re going to have to scramble some more to have enough.â€? Northwood and Oregon, as do many communities, piggyback onto Toledoâ€™s contract with a salt supplier. â€œWe all bid it together. However, we all put in for a certain amount. Once you reach that quote, you try to get more, but if thereâ€™s great demand, you might not be able to get what you want. So itâ€™s tight right now. Weâ€™re down to one more snowfall,â€? said Anderson. Currently, the city relies on plowing and only salts the intersections. â€œRight now, weâ€™re plowing and scraping all the roads. We donâ€™t put a whole lot of salt on the main roads right now. It depends on the condition of the roads. If the main roads are icy, weâ€™ll put salt down. However, if itâ€™s just packed snow, weâ€™re not putting it down. Typically we do, and salt the subdivisions, too. Weâ€™re not doing that anymore. Weâ€™re tightening up. As long as it remains packed snow, itâ€™s not too much
Weâ€™re going to have a lot of patching to do. of a problem. We scrape them pretty good. Thatâ€™s where getting cars off the streets really, really helps. The plows sometimes go into the subdivisions and have all these obstacles they have to get around. If thereâ€™s a car that a plow has to go around, itâ€™s only rational to ticket that car. Weâ€™re ticketing them and weâ€™re talking about towing them,â€? he said. The Ohio Department of Transportation is trying to help entities with more road salt, he added. The city has also been able to get it from smaller private contractors. â€œWeâ€™re looking for different sources,â€? said Anderson, including the City of Oregon, which has offered to sell some from their own stockpile. â€œItâ€™s very nice of them. Obviously, Oregon is going to have to take care of their own roads, first,â€? he said. Martin Wineland, superintendent of streets in Oregon, said the city â€œis doing ok on salt.â€? â€œIf things continue like they are, we
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should, with our current state of usage, be OK,â€? he said. Oregon typically contracts for 6,000 tons of salt annually, he said. â€œThis year, we started out with 11,000 tons. We were able to not use as much the last couple of years, so our stockpile grew a little bit,â€? said Wineland. The city leases dock space on the Maumee River, where the salt is brought in by ship. Oregon salts the roads once a storm has passed. â€œOur policy changed numerous years ago when everyone ran out of salt. â€œWe donâ€™t put any salt down other than at intersections until the storm is completed. Once weâ€™re in the cleanup mode after the storm has left, then weâ€™ll salt city roads. When we go through the subdivisions, we will only salt intersections and the entrance and exits of the streets. Very seldom do the side streets get salted,â€? he said. The condition of the streets, as a result of the freeze and thaw cycles, will become more apparent once the snow melts. â€œWeâ€™re going to have a lot of patching to do,â€? said Anderson of the numerous potholes marking the roads. â€œWe wonâ€™t see a whole lot of problems until the winter is over,â€? said Wineland, â€œthen weâ€™ll find out what the damage is to the base of the road and how much heaving we got from the frost. Those things will start to appear in the spring when the frost leaves the pavement.â€?
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