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Yaneek Smith Exponent Correspondent



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OAK HARBOR — The most talked about issue at Monday’s Village Council Meeting was the was the village’s ability to claim unpaid bills.


The discussion, which lasted approximately 45 minutes and included members of the public, ranged from issues like writing off certain bills and how to best track down people with outstanding balances,


Resident Dennis Schiets, Sr. raised several issues, including the condition of Center St., which runs parallel to the railroad tracks in town. Schiets is concerned about the pavement deteriorating, as well as the pot holes and rocks that roll down from the railroad tracks. He also addressed the new garbage contract that is forthcoming, saying that he would like recycling to be included as part of the deal.


“We’re teaching our kids to go green, we’re teaching our kids to recycle,” said Schiets, who provided his share of laughs at the meeting, “and it’s kind-of hypocritical for us to have 10-20% recycling. Port Clinton has about 80% recycling.”


In the mayor’s report, Mayor Bill Eberle talked about his meeting with Materion, formerly known as Brush Wellman, and said that the company is having trouble finding good employees.


“The big issue at this particular meeting (with Materion) was they’re having problems hiring people,” Eberle said. “Materion is looking for multiple levels (of workers) — unskilled labor, skilled trades, professional labor. As of Dec. 31, they had 1000 people apply online, and as of May 22, they’ve hired 40. Twenty-five percent of the people don’t show up, another 25% don’t pass the drug test. It’s a big concern for them that they can’t draw from the area. We’ve got good labor here, and it’s unfortunate that (Materion) can’t draw from the pool. That’s was the (subject) of the meeting.”


The solar field was also a subject of discussion, and Genzman noted that the field operated at 31% efficiency last month, a good rate.


And the following three resolutions were passed:


(1) No. 04-2014: A Resolution declaring it necessary to levy a tax in excess of the Ten Mill Limitation for the benefit of the Oak Harbor Public Library


(2) No. 06-2014: A Resolution authorizing the Village Administrator of the Village of Oak Harbor to enter into a contract to appoint Kocher & Gillum as solicitors for the Village.


(3) No. 07-2014: A Resolution declaring the amount of taxes that may be raised by levy at the maximum rates authorized by law without the vote of the electors to be insufficient and declaring the necessity of an additional levy in excess of such rates.


Yaneek Smith is a freelance writer for the Exponent. He can be reached at smithyamiami@gmail.com


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