News Briefs Week of 7/06/20

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Board meeting
The Board of Ottawa County Commissioners will meet in special session at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 10, to discuss
Ottawa County business task force recovery best practices.
The public call-in line will be 312-626-6799, meeting ID 3427603931#.

Co. buildings open
by appointment only
The Board of Ottawa County Commissioners announced that all Ottawa County facilities will continue to be open to the public by appointment only through July 31.
The courts and administrative offices within the county will remain open, and staff will be working to serve the public by phone, email, online or by scheduled appointments, if necessary. The office directory is available at or call 419-734-6700.
Those who have scheduled court appearances are required to report unless otherwise notified. Court officials recommend calling to confirm.
Ottawa County will continue to follow the orders and recommendations as provided by the Board of Health and state and federal agencies.

Nomination deadline
Nominations for the 25th annual 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition event, which salutes dynamic leaders under the age of 40, will be accepted through July 13.
The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or as volunteers in their community.
To submit a nomination, go to,

Hydrant flushing
The Northwestern Water and Sewer District’s Maintenance Department will be flushing and testing fire hydrants July 6-Aug. 14 in the area of Lake Township (served by Oregon water), parts of Northwood and the Village of Millbury.
This area is bounded by the Wood County line to the north and east, Drouillard Road and I-280 to the west and south to the Village of Millbury at SR 795. Testing will be performed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Residents may experience rusty water during this period and should run tap water prior to using water for laundry purposes. Those who do laundry during this testing period and experience rust on laundry may obtain rust-removing chemicals from the District’s office, which is located at 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Call 419-354-p9090 or 877-354-9090 for more details.

Rainbow Girls
plan collection
The International Order of Rainbow Girls Lotus and Genoa assemblies will hold a clothing, food and personal hygiene drive on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Masonic Building, 590 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg.
Donations of clothing, linens, blankets, drapes, bound rugs, coats, hats, mittens, shoes, boots, book bags, purses and anything cloth or leather will be accepted. Food and personal hygiene items, including but not limited to canned items, dry goods, toilet paper, tissues, shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, shaving cream, diapers (child and adult), lotions, etc., are also being accepted.
For more info or to arrange a pick-up, call Brenda at 419-261-6167 or Becky at 419-351-6184. Funds raised will help support Rainbow Girls’ assemblies and the Shriners Hospital.

WCCOA seeking
board nominees
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is seeking candidates to serve on the WCCOA Governing Board for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
Candidates must be Wood County residents and at least 60 years old or leaders in the community. Four elected positions are open.
Download a nomination form at or call the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935.
Completed forms must be returned to the Nomination Committee Chair, WCCOA, 305 North Main Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402-2424 on or before Aug. 14.
The Governing Board sets policies and conducts the affairs of WCCOA. Board members are expected to attend the monthly board meeting and to serve on at least one committee. Other board responsibilities include:
• Support the WCCOA mission, strategic planning goals and program activities.
• Maintain fiduciary responsibility, including establishing a budget, assuring legal needs are met, and providing stability and viability of WCCOA.
• Financially contribute to fundraising campaigns and Friends of WCCOA based on personal ability.
• Serve as an “ambassador” for WCCOA to the public at large, encourage understanding of agency programs and challenges, and stimulate participation of seniors 60 and older.
Elections will take place in November.

Credit union to
honor local heroes
Bay Area Credit Union is seeking nominations of heroes in the community who are going above and beyond their call of duty, especially during these times of uncertainty.
Nominees will be entered for a chance to win $100 in a weekly drawing. The drawing is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties.
Submit nominations at either the Bay Area Credit Union or Boomer_Froggy Facebook page, or by mailing to Bay Area Credit Union, 4202 Navarre Ave., Oregon, OH 43616. Include the nominee’s name, job title/position/volunteer activity and how he or she is helping the community during these uncertain times.
Nominations will be taken through Aug. 30.

7 island visitors
test positive
for COVID-19

The Ottawa County Health Department is providing further instructions for those who have identified themselves as potentially being exposed to COVID-19 at Put-In-Bay from June 17 – June 21.
The department is not advising testing for those individuals unless they are showing symptoms of
COVID-19 or have experienced symptoms during the quarantine period, even if those symptoms have resolved, said Nancy Osborn, county health commissioner.
The symptoms include: cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or headache. The quarantine should begin on the last day of potential exposure.
At least seven people who visited the island’s restaurants and bars, including the Commodore Hotel, The Mist and Mr. Ed’s, from June 17-21t have tested positive.
The health departments of Toledo-Lucas County and Ottawa County indentified the outbreak and are advising individuals to quarantine at home, avoid others when possible and take their temperature twice a day.
If those who were at these establishments during the June 17-21 timeframe become symptomatic, they’re asked to contact their local health department: Toledo-Lucas County Health Department: 419 213-4100. Ottawa County Health Department: 419 734-6800
“Anyone could have COVID-19 and you may never know because some people with COVID-19 are not yet sick, and never have symptoms of the disease,” said TLCHD health commissioner, Dr. Eric Zgodzinski. “With that being said, we need to treat every person as potentially being infected with COVID-19. We are urging everyone who ventures into public places to take precautions, including wearing a mask and social distancing, to keep infections down.”

County GOP
The Lucas County Republican Party Executive Committee held its organizational meeting June 25 via a virtual meeting. Executive Committee Chairman Mark Wagoner appointed Mary Westphal as Vice-Chairman, Barbara Orange as Executive Secretary and Patrick Kriner as Executive Treasurer.

Bridge project
A bridge project in Ottawa County that was scheduled for completion by June 30 has faced delays and will likely not be completed until July 10, the county engineer’s office said.
The county has contracted with Schalk Brothers, Inc. to repair the bridge on Harris-Salem Road over Indian Creek.
Work began in early June and required the full closing of Harris-Salem Road, between Elmore Eastern Road and Schneider Road.
The road will remain closed but agricultural access to properties will be provided.
The county has also contracted with Schalk Brothers to replace the bridge on Fulkert Road over Toussaint Creek, which will require closing Fulkert, between Opfer-Lentz and Nissen roads.
Construction is slated to start July 6 and continue through Sept. 4.
Farm equipment will be allowed to access Fulkert from the appropriate side of the creek.


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