News Briefs Week of 11/18/19

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Public hearings

Oregon City Council will hold public hearings on three Special Use Exception requests on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 5330 Seaman Road. They include:
•An application for a Special Use in a C-1 Commercial Industrial Zoned District for the purpose of erecting a telecommunications tower at 4001 Cedar Point Road. The applicant/owner is BP Husky Refining, LLC.
•An application for a Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoned District for the purpose of housing one miniature horse at 5828 Seaman Road. The applicant/owner is Timothy Anderson.
•An application for a Special Use in an R-2 Medium Density Zoned District for the purpose of housing a Juliana pig at 125 S. Coy Road.

Library reopening,
open house planned
The Harris-Elmore Public Library, which has been closed since September due to interior renovations and a new addition to the library, will reopen Saturday, Nov. 23 with a ribbon cutting and open house. The library is located at 328 Toledo St., Elmore.
A number of special activities and raffles will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. including face painting, photos, edible crafts, a treasure map scavenger hunt; tech troubleshooting and Libby tutorials, free photo slide scanning and genealogical research, a library information table and giveaways. Light refreshments will also be available.
The schedule of events includes:
• 10 a.m. – doors open;
• 10:30 a.m.: Ribbon cutting to new addition;
• 11:15-11:45 a.m. – Woodmore High School Jazz Band;
• 12:15 -1 p.m. – Magician Eli Martin;
• 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Nintendo Switch Super Smash Brothers Tournament.

Genealogy meeting
The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Public Library, 310 Madison St., Port Clinton.
Speaker will be Tom Neel, OGS Library Director. The program will be “Clues to Your Ancestors in Newspapers.” The public is welcome to attend.

Retired teachers
will meet
The Lucas County Retired Teachers Association will meet Thursday, Dec. 5 at noon at The Toledo Club, 235 14th St.
The program will feature holiday music by a Woodward High School choir. The December charity is Lucas County Children’s Services. Please bring a stuffed animal, doll or other toy.
Entrée choices include Pesto and Parmesan Chicken, Slow-Roasted Pork Loin or Three Cheese Ravioli. Reservations are due by Wednesday, Nov. 28. Those planning to attend should make a check for $23, payable to LCRTA, along with lunch choice to Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Rd., Petersburg MI 49270.

Safety Council meeting
The Ottawa County Safety Council will meet Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, 1000 Lawrence Rd., Building 5042, Port Clinton.
Lunch and networking will be held from 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m., followed by the meeting and presentation from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The presentation will be on “Cultivating the Seeds of Safety,” with a discussion on equipment and machinery protection, ROPS standards, and proper chemical storage. Guest speaker will be Allen Gahler, Ohio State University Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
The cost is $10 per person for non-members of the safety council. RSVP on or before Nov. 18 to Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 or

ConnecToledo names
Paul Toth president
ConnecToledo, Downtown Development Corporation held its annual meeting Nov. 7 at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Main Branch.
At this meeting, Paul Toth, former president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, was introduced as the new president of ConnecToledo. Toth served the port authority for 32 years and became its president and CEO in 2009. He recently retired from the port authority.
In January 2018, ConnecToledo — The Downtown Toledo Development Corporation (DTDC) and the Downtown Toledo Improvement District (DTID)— signed a professional services agreement to create greater synergies and build momentum for downtown Toledo revitalization efforts. The Downtown Toledo Development Corporation is doing business as ConnecToledo, a non-profit development corporation, and is managed by a board of directors from the private sector. Toth will manage ConnecToledo and report to this board. His job will be to connect public and private organizations and facilitate the implementation of the Downtown Toledo Master Plan.
DTDC is privately funded by community leaders. The organization is creating a plan of action that facilitates public-private partnerships, promotes events and attractions, identifies investment opportunities and advocates for businesses. Its goal is to build the critical connections for vibrant neighborhoods and a strong central business district.
The Downtown Toledo Improvement District (DTID) is an independent entity with a separate board represented by downtown property owners. DTID’s responsibilities are marketing and communications for downtown (through the Downtown Toledo brand), the Downtown Toledo Ambassadors (Clean, Safe and Hospitality), and business and event support. DTID provides enhanced maintenance, safety, marketing and economic development services in addition to those provided by the City and County. Cindy Kerr, Vice President of Operations for ConnecToledo, leads the DTID agenda in addition to her responsibilities with ConnecToledo.

Panel recommends
denying zoning
request in Lake Twp.
The Wood County Planning Commission is recommending Lake Township deny a request to rezone property located at the corner of Hanley and Bradner roads.
The plan commission met Nov. 5 to hear the request. The recommendation is not binding on the township.
Steven J. Kapp is seeking permission to rezone a 14-acre parcel of land from an A-1 agricultural zoning classification to an R-2 residential classification.
According to his application, he intends to increase the sale opportunity by adjusting the width requirements and building area to accommodate five lots.
The parcel is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Hanley and Bradner and is bordered by properties with A-1 zoning and the western boundary is railroad right of way.
Mike Hossler, township zoning inspector, said his office is preparing a notice to announce the date and time of a public hearing on the request.
The plan commission has notified him of its recommendation but didn’t indicate why it recommended a denial, he said.

Warning of
scam in B-C-S
The administration of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is warning the community about a fundraising scam by someone soliciting donations from local businesses.
Guy Parmigian, district superintendent, said calls from the 815 area code are asking businesses to support a ‘momentum care package” for the high school football team and an 8 by 10 page ad for $340.
Parmigian said he didn’t know what the package was and the solicitation doesn’t benefit the football program or anyone at Oak Harbor High School,


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