University of Toledo won’t pay for house

TOLEDO – The University of Toledo will no longer provide a residence for UT’s leader and plan to sell the current presidential home for an asking price of nearly $1 million.

The 7,253-square-foot contemporary house, at 2646 Forestvale Road in Ottawa Hills, features five beds, six baths, an outdoor in-ground pool, a wet bar, and exercise and recreational rooms, according to its listing on the Danberry Realtors website.

The Danberry website shows the house was listed on the market Aug. 18 for $975,000 and is currently listed as “contingent” — meaning an offer has been made and accepted, but the process to purchase hasn’t been finalized.

Only one UT president has lived in the home since its purchase in 2015 — Sharon Gaber, who left last summer to become chancellor of the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. The nonprofit University of Toledo Foundation bought it with $922,000 in private funds, then paid $272,000 for renovations.

“Increasingly higher-education institutions are moving away from owning and operating presidential residences,” Meghan Cunningham, UT’s executive director of marketing and communications, told The Blade. “The timing was appropriate for The University of Toledo to reevaluate its practices with a change in leadership and we decided to move forward with selling the presidential residence, purchased by The University of Toledo Foundation in 2015, and instead provide a housing stipend as part of the president’s compensation package.

Along with his $520,200 salary Dr. Postel will be paid an annual $95,000 stipend to help pay for a different Ottawa Hills house he recently bought. Other parts of his compensation include $25,000 for moving expenses — the maximum allowed in his contract — to relocate his belongings, wife, and twin sons from Kentucky.

Two run over in

boating mishap

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Two Ohio residents were injured when they were run over by a boat in an east Tennessee lake, authorities said Monday.

The accident occurred Saturday night on Norris Lake in Campbell County, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said in a news release.

William Tyler Sharp of Hamilton, Ohio, and Gabriella Wimmer of Marysville, Ohio, were standing on the bow of a boat when it hit a wake, causing them to be thrown from the vessel, the agency said.

The pair was then run over by the same boat, officials said.

Sharp was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was treated for serious injuries, including deep cuts from the boat’s propeller, the agency said. Sharp was in critical but stable condition, officials said.

Wimmer was taken to a separate hospital, where she was treated and released, officials said.

Another boater was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and reckless operation of a vessel.

Solar Farm eyes

Greene County

XENIA , Ohio – Greene County Commissioners, Citizens for Greene Acres, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation have filed notices in which they formally objected to a solar farm.

The 175-megawatt Kingwood Solar project would consist of solar panel arrays and associated facilities, including electrical collection lines, inverters, access roads, perimeter fencing, a substation, and a generation interconnect line.

The proposed facility would be located on 1,500 acres in Cedarville, Xenia, and Miami townships, most of which is now farm land.

The Ohio Power Siting Board announced it will hold a public hearing about the Kingwood Solar’s proposal at 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, at the Greene County Expo Center Assembly Hall, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia.

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