Drunk driving crusader honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:40
Perrysburg Prosecutor P. Martin Aubry (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The efforts of one city official are receiving statewide recognition.
At Tuesday's council meeting, Perrysburg city prosecutor P. Martin Aubry was honored after being named Prosecutor of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
"He has always been a hard hitter and a man to go to, for other municipalities too, to get answers to DUI inquiries," said Mayor Nelson Evans as he presented Aubry with a plaque.
Aubry has become a touchstone in the area for both Perrysburg and other area cities when it comes to drunk driving cases.
Aubry said that the award is not "an honor for one person and what one person does, but an entire office. I have a great staff, and the law enforcement personnel that I've worked with, our police department here, the highway patrol, all the other agencies I've worked with have been just responsive to the kind of things we've asked them to do."
"We have one of the busiest intersections in the country right out here," he said, noting the Interstate 80/90/75 corridor. "It's in our court jurisdiction. So we have a responsibility, the court does, the prosecutor's office, to make sure that we're doing things right. And we've tried to uphold that for the last 28 years."
In other business, council approved, by a vote of 5-1, a measure authorizing the city to pursue a FEMA grant for a fire extinguisher training system for the Fire Division; the city's contribution, should it be awarded the grant, would be $1,540, or 10 percent of the cost of the system.
Councilman Todd Grayson opposed the measure, stating "the federal government's broke. Federal grant money comes from us, not from some grant money tree."
Referring to a report by councilman John Kevern, in which Fire Chief Jeff Klein noted that they would not purchase the system if the grant was not awarded, Grayson continued: "If it's not worth our money flat-out, then we shouldn't pretend to get it from another source for something we don't need that badly."
"Somebody's got to say 'No' at some point."
He supplied the lone "no" vote.
Councilmen also commented on a speed study which was conducted recently on South Boundary Street. The study, prompted by a number of residents, was conducted to examine the feasibility of raising the speed limit on the roadway from 25 miles per hour to 35. The study was conducted at a cost of just under $6,000. Kevern noted that the Service-Safety Committee, at its Dec. 5 meeting, decided unanimously to drop the matter after determining it did not seem to be a pressing issue at this time.
Council President Joe Lawless took issue with spending the funds on a study if no meaningful action was to be taken.
"We voted to spend money on a speed study," he said, adding that "I've said this before, most recently we did something like this with the River Walk project. If we don't really have the interest of doing something, there's no real good reason to pay somebody to study it."
He urged that comment be taken from the public before moving forward with such matters.
Councilman Tim McCarthy was absent from the meeting.

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