News Briefs Week of 1/18/2021

Staff Writer

CAUV enrollment
Owners of farmland in Wood County enrolled in Current Agricultural Use Valuation saved millions of dollars last year in property taxes, Matthew Oestreich, county auditor, said.
His office has mailed CAUV renewal forms for 2021 to property owners currently enrolled in the program.
“Wood County has 9,612 individual real estate parcels on ag use,” he said. “A total of 317,027 acres in this program brought a tax savings to agricultural landowners last year to agricultural landowners last year of over $14.2 million.”
CAUV authorizes county auditors to assess farmland at its crop production value rather than its market value. The program is designed to preserve farming operations by linking the tax base to the production of the land rather than its potential for development.
CAUV soil values are set by the Ohio Department of Taxation and are adjusted every three years for each county. New values were issued for the 2020 tax year, which are payable in 2021.
CAUV applications are to be filed by March 1 with county auditors. There is no charge to renew an enrollment in the program but there is a $25 initial filing fee.
If renewal forms not filed by March 1, county auditors are required to assess the property at its market value and recoup the tax savings for the past three years, Oestreich said.
Land owners in Wood County who have questions about eligibility in CAUV should call the county auditor’s office at 419-354-9174.

Power-generating window installed
Talk about power windows. A window that utilizes integrated photovoltaic technology that transforms it into a solar cell to generate electricity has been installed at the Nippon Sheet Glass facility in Northwood, the company has announced.
In 2019, NSG Group said an agreement has been approved between its subsidiary Pilkington North America and Ubiquitous Energy to develop transparent solar windows.
UE’s photovoltaic coating captures non-visible wavelengths, creating a window that acts as a photovoltaic cell without obstructing the view, the company said. Power is transmitted through an onboard system built in the window frame. The collected electricity is then transferred to a battery capable of powering products and increasing the overall efficiency of a building.
In addition to generating power, the UE system at the Northwood site collects data from the site, such as wind speed, light exposure and the outside temperature.
In a full installation, the data could then be used to integrate with the building’s system controls to determine how to best utilize the power for the building’s operations.
The Northwood site will use the system to power exterior signs and lighting.
NSG Group is one of the largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the architectural and automotive industries and technical glass sector.

Ohio saw spike in
OD deaths in 2020
More Ohioans died of an opioid overdose during a three-month period last year than at any time since the epidemic began, according to an analysis by a task force formed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.
The analysis by Yost’s Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education found the death rate in Ohio from opioid overdose at 11.01 per 100,000 population in the second quarter of 2020 – the highest rate in 10 years. The previous 10-year high was in the first quarter of 2017 at 10.87 opioid overdoses per 100,000 population.
“Opioid overdoses might have taken a backseat in our minds last year because of COVID-19, but make no mistake: Ohioans are dying at a devastating rate because of opioid overdoses,” Yost said, urging vigilance about how prescription drugs are stored and encouraging people to seek medical care in the event of an overdose – despite concerns about COVID-19.
Surprisingly, the record-setting spike came after Ohio experienced a significant drop in its opioid-related death rate, which had fallen to between six and eight overdose deaths per 100,000 people over the prior 24-month period.

Yacht Club Sunday
Commodore Breakfasts
River View Yacht Club will once again hold its Sunday Breakfast Buffet Fund Raisers from Jan. 17 through March 28, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the club, located at 5981 Edgewater Dr. in Point Place.
The Sunday Breakfast Buffet features eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, French toast, pancakes, biscuits with homemade gravy, made-to-order omelets and burritos, fruit, toast, juice and coffee. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under.
The Sunday Breakfast Buffet is open to the public. In accordance with standard safety precautions, masks will be required.
“Our community continues to work to improve our waterfront in Point Place and we actively encourage people get involved in boating and nautical activities – two of Northwest Ohio’s greatest recreational assets,” said Stan Ziemkiewicz, past commodore, RVYC. “While the proceeds go to fund our 2021 Commodore’s Ball, the Sunday Breakfast Buffet is a great opportunity for individuals and families to stop in and find out what we have to offer and to see if they would like to be part of our area boating community.”
RVYC was established in 1949 and is one of the largest area yacht clubs with over 600 members. In its early years, RVYC worked with the City of Toledo to host the “Aquarama” boat races on the Maumee River near Walbridge Park. The club also hosts its annual regatta in July.
For more information visit:, the club’s Facebook page, or call 419-729-9251.

Trafficking awareness
project to restart
January is Human Trafficking Awareness month and a good time to reflect on the importance of recognizing the impact hu man trafficking has locally, said Ron Craig, Lake Township Crime Prevention Officer.
With seven truck refueling stations in Lake Township, it was a much bigger problem in the past than it is now, but still needs close monitoring to keep such problems at a minimum.
Thanks to vigilant employees at the local refueling stations who report suspicious activity there and regular patrolling by officers of the Lake Township Police Department and troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, things have improved, he said.
When the term “human trafficking” became a common phrase, those local refueling stations, known best at the time as truck stops, were a haven for prostitutes looking to earn a quick buck turning tricks. Children and teens who had run away from home or who were forced into prostitution were prime targets for those who wanted to make money off of them.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began last March, the township police department was about to unveil a project in which they were to post pictures and information about missing children and teens at those township’s truck refueling stations. Craig was going to change the posters on a regular basis to keep information on missing children and teens fresh.
He had met with deputies from the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate efforts regarding missing children and teens from the area.
When pandemic restrictions are lifted, the project is poised to get underway, he said.
Anyone who wishes to get information about the township’s missing children and teens project may contact Craig at 419-481-6354.


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