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N. Baltimore explores EMS options PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS , Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:30
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NORTH BALTIMORE - Village council is exploring options to continue reviving its EMS department.
At Tuesday's council meeting, council members heard presentations from two private EMS companies, Hanco and LifeStar, to bring their services to town. Council is also considering making its volunteer EMS department a paid one, and also the idea of blending its own EMS department with one of the privatized services.
Issues with billing, response times and the ability to fill shifts have come to light recently.
Council reiterated it has made no decisions on which direction it plans to go, but is currently in the "fact gathering" stage.
"Nobody is looking at getting rid of anything at this point. We are just trying to look at all of our options," council member Janet Goldner said.
In advance of a future decision on the matter, council gave first reading to an ordinance to place a levy on the May ballot.
The resolution is part of a two-step process to place a levy on the ballot. Tuesday's proposed legislation asked the Wood County Auditor to calculate the how much a five-year, 3-mill levy would generate to provide for EMS operations. While an exact amount will need to be calculated, council has estimated the annual revenue from the proposed levy would be $124,000.
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Liquid manure may skirt regulation PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Farm Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:24
Liquid manure from mega farms is regularly applied to fields as fertilizer. Yet, the proposed Ohio Senate Bill 150 exempts manure from fertilization regulations being considered.
Joe Logan says the degradation of surface water in Lake Erie could even be "life threatening."
Logan, who has served as director of Agricultural Programs at the Ohio Environmental Council and a past president of the Ohio Farmers Union, was one of the featured speakers at Saturday's annual meeting of the Wood County Farmers Union held at the Iron Skillet in North Baltimore.
He said of the bill, which has gone through many revisions, and could face many more: "In a nutshell, it tweaks the definition of fertilizer to exclude livestock manure from the definition of fertilizer."
In Sec. 905.31 on the first page of the bill, section C reads, "'Bulk fertilizer' means any type of fertilizer in solid, liquid, or gaseous state, or any combination thereof, in a nonpackaged form."
Despite meeting all the requirements for fertilizer as defined in the two sections, later manure is exempted, as stated in section E, which reads, "'Fertilizer' means any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium or any recognized plant nutrient element or compound that is used for its plant nutrient content or for compounding mixed fertilizers. Lime, limestone, marl, unground bone, water, and unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures are excepted unless mixed with fertilizer materials."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:25
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Library eyes fall levy (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:28
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That the Wood County District Public Library will have some type of levy on the November 2014 ballot is probably not in doubt.
The question is simply how much and for how long.
The library's Board of Trustees will be spending the coming weeks or months sorting through a host of possible scenarios: Whether to request a simple renewal of the current levy, a replacement or additional dollars - and whether the duration of the levy should be shorter or longer this next time around.
"I would assume in the next three, four months we would make a decision regarding a levy renewal or replacement," Board President Brian Paskvan said during Tuesday's monthly meeting of the trustees.
A decision must be made by April for the issue to go on the November ballot, which, assuming it passes, would prevent any interruption to the current revenue stream.
County residents voted passage of the library's first-ever levy, a 0.8 mill, 5-year levy, in November 2010, in response to a dramatic reduction in funding from the state. In return, the library promised restoration of reduced hours, services, and purchase of more new books - all of which have since been delivered.
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Snafu costs electric customers PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 11:01
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LIME CITY - More than 1,600 Perrysburg Township residents may receive gift cards for the savings they will lose after being mistakenly dropped from an electric-aggregation program.
The group of residents received letters from FirstEnergy last month indicating they would be dropped from the township's plan with another provider. They were told to ignore the letters after the company indicated they were sent by mistake and customers would not be dropped.
Township Administrator Walt Celley said at last week's trustees meeting that he learned the error did, in fact, lead to those customers being dropped and unable to rejoin the plan until next month.
"They are proposing to compensate the people who were inadvertently dropped," Celley said, noting that the township has requested $20 for anyone affected.
The average loss to a residential customer is about $4, Celley said.
In other business, representatives of the Perrysburg Area Historic Museum asked the township for a contribution to the effort, with an eye on opening this spring. The Spafford House, the museum's home on West River Road, was the first home built in Perrysburg Township in 1823, said J.D. Justus, liaison for the project.
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