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Lake Twp. to try for fire levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:25
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MILLBURY - To keep on schedule with replacing major fire equipment, a levy will need to be renewed this year, according to the fire chief.
At Tuesday's meeting, Chief Bruce Moritz told the trustees that the five-year, 1-mill levy expires Dec. 31.
"(An) engine needs to be replaced and should be ordered this year," Moritz said. "It's a very important levy.
The chief said he didn't have the details of the levy, such as how much money it generates, but said discussions need to start now so the levy request is ready for the November ballot.
Trustee Richard Welling added that the board has to pass two resolutions before it can go on the ballot.
Township resident Arlyn Brinker wondered if a renewal would be enough and if the trustees should consider a replacement levy.
"Do we know the ramifications of renewal versus replacement?" asked Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:59
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Wayne library to put property tax on ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:02
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Marilyn Shepherd (right) uses a computer at Wayne Library in Wayne. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
WAYNE - Wayne Public Library officials are asking Elmwood Schools residents for help.
The library will go on the ballot in November with a 1-mill property tax for operating expenses.
Library officials approached the Elmwood Board of Education Monday to approve the measure.
The school board has jurisdiction over the library when it comes to levies, and per Ohio Revised Code, is the taxing agent.
Although the library is in Wayne, it is basically "Elmwood's public library," said school Superintendent Tony Borton.
Deb Gross, fiscal clerk at the library, explained that she has lost 28 percent of her state funding since 2007, and another 4 percent this year.
"If you value your library, you're going to have to pay for it," said Gross.
She said the library has had to cut staff to offset declining revenue. The library now employees six, and had 10 on staff in 2009, said library Director Teresa Barnhart.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:56
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Asian stereotypes battled at BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:23
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Christopher Valentino wants to talk about something no one talks about.
People don't talk about it, but they do it - without even realizing it.
"You're driving and someone cuts you off," he said. "You think they're either old - or they're Asian."
The "you" in that scenario is stereotyping, and it's exactly what Valentino wants to address and combat.
Thanks to the program "Asian-American Stereotypes and Reflections," Valentino and Bowling Green State University's Office of Multicultural Affairs got their chance to speak the unspoken.
The program was hosted at BGSU on Tuesday and is part of the university's Inaugural Asian-American Heritage Week.
"This is the first time we've had cohesive events like this," Valentino said. "We really hope to set a good foundation for future events to come."
Valentino, a graduate practicum student in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, began the discussion-based program with his background.
Although he's "no expert," Valentino shared his experiences of being half Italian and half Asian-American.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:57
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Lake Twp. raises stink over trash collection PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:20
MILLBURY - A new trash collection company in Lake Township is off to a stinky start.
But representatives from the company who attended Tuesday's trustees' meeting said they were committed to better customer service and were addressing all of the complaints.
"It's not been the smoothest or best start," said Paul Rasmusson, senior area manager for Republic Services.
He said drivers and dispatchers are implementing better communication strategies and will work with residents on improving service.
"We apologize again for the missteps at the beginning," Rasmusson said.
After the meeting, Trustee Richard Welling said the complaints about Republic concerned bulk pickup, recycling and service charges and late fees mistakenly put on bills. He had a file folder with several emails from township residents.
Republic Services, Erie, Mich., was awarded a three-year contract last fall to provide solid waste and recycling services to the township. The cost is $12.93 per household and the contract began Jan. 1.
The company is providing bi-weekly recycling with a 96-gallon cart at no charge to customers.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:40
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