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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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N.B. hires full-time EMS chief PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:19
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NORTH BALTIMORE - The village has hired a full-time, interim EMS Chief.
Following a 30-minute executive session on Tuesday, village council approved hiring Eric Larson, current part-time EMS chief, as its interim, full-time chief.
His full-time contract begins May 1 and runs through Dec. 31. He will be paid a $35,000 salary, including benefits.
A total of six candidates applied for the position.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, council:
• approved the planned resignation of Village Administrator Kathy Healy. Effective July 11, Healy will retire. She has 29 years of public service, including the last 7 1/2 years in her capacity with North Baltimore. Prior to her work for the village, she worked for the City of Kenton and as a school teacher.
• approved a $5.25 monthly increase in the minimum sewer payment for utility customers. This increase, effective with the April billing cycle, is being assessed to pay for the second phase of the sewer separation project.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:39
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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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G. Rapids rejects zoning change PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:18
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GRAND RAPIDS - A local businessman's plan to create additional parking space for his funeral home hit a bump in the road Tuesday.
Brian Habegger, a village resident and owner of Wright-Habegger Funeral Home, requested that two lots near his business be rezoned from residential to commercial.
On Monday, village council unanimously voted down the request for re-zoning for both lots, which are located near the funeral home on Second Street.
Council members did not express specific concerns with Habegger wanting to expand his business, but rather for future use of the commercial property should it be sold.
"I am just concerned about the future and for our future residents," said council member Carolyn Erdody.
Council member Kevin Olman also cited concerns with the process Habegger followed.
Prior to council's vote on the rezoning request, Habegger had torn down the residences on the two lots.
Olman said he would have liked Habegger to go through the re-zoning process first, in addition to other necessary processes, before tearing down the house.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:38
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