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The proposed budget for Auglaize County Common Pleas Court is expected to decrease by more than $17,300 in 2012 with some unknowns in a few areas.
The decrease is reflected in salaries due to a retirement but the request actually accounts for a 3 percent pay raise for remaining employees in the office.
The proposed employee salaries line item at $144,225 is $14,800 less than 2011 with decreases also seen in workerâs compensation and PERS for a total proposed budget of $232,934 in 2012.
For its county portion of funding, the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District requested the same amount in 2012 that it received in 2011.
District Administrator Nancy Fisher explained they get a flat amount from the Auglaize County commissioners each year âÂ in 2012 they are again requesting $139,653 â with the state providing a matching percentage.
âLast year it was 78 percent, sometimes its more, sometimes its less, we never know what weâre going to get until July,â Fisher said.
One county office holder is anticipating what he may do when he retires. However, he anticipates working right up to the last minute for those he serves.
Auglaize County Veteranâs Service Commission Director Doug Howard maintained his work pace at the office on Tuesday as the minutes tick down to his last at 4:30 p.m Friday.
âThey are working me right up to the end,â Howard said with a little chuckle.
Howard, who has served eight years as director at the Veteranâs Service Commission, said he could not imagine a more rewarding job.
WAYNESFIELD â Two new councilors will be representing residents in the village of Waynes-field after they officially take office in January.
Waynesfield Mayor Mike Ridenour swore in two new councilors during Tuesdayâs Waynesfield Village Council meeting.
Bill Motter and Richard Libby took the oath of office during the meeting and will begin their terms Sunday. The two were the top vote-getters of a highly contested election that saw seven people run for two open spots. Councilor Chris Wilson chose not to run again and Ronda Knox finished third in the race.
Prefacing himself with saying he gives the same pitch every year, the Auglaize County prosecutor submitted a budget request for 2012 up 2 percent from this year.
Auglaize County Prosecutor Ed Pierce said the increase reflects a $500 increase to $3,000 in supplies and a 3 percent pay increase for employees, specifically a pay grade increase for the assistant prosecuting attorney.
In total, Pierce requested a budget of $487,463 for his office in 2012.
For frequent readers of romance novels, the man on the cover of a recently released book of him dressed in a chefâs outfit with a pregnant girl may ring a bell.
Christopher Short, 21, of Wapakoneta, appears on the cover of the book âThe Baby Truce,â a romance novel by Jeannie Watt that is available in the Super Romance series published by Harlequin.
Short is the son of Becki and Mike Short of Wapakoneta.
Overall, the Auglaize County public defender expects his budget to increase in 2012, but its the unknown each year that makes it hard to craft a budget.
Public Defender Gerald Siesel proposed a budget of $275,646, an increase of 3 percent for 2012 when he met recently with Auglaize County commissioners.
Line items to increase include $7,280 for a total of $34,280 in other expenses, $2,000 for a total of $6,000 in transcripts, and an increase of $600 for a total of $9,450 in rental facilities.
âI have little or no control over the increases,â Siesel said.
ST. MARYS â The deadline for the 2012 version of the Grand Health Challenge â and the accompanying Grand Family Health Challenge â is nearing at the end of this month and organizers are looking forward to the latest weight-loss competition.
Organized by executives with The Evening Leader and the Wapakoneta Daily News in cooperation with Joint Township District Memorial Hospital (JTDMH), the premise of the challenge has remained the same through the years.
One city elected official says he believes the best scenario is never having to utilize the equipment purchased for an emergency or for inclement weather, but he also realizes that thought is unrealistic.
Wapakoneta City Council 4th Ward Councilor Dan Graf said while the saying is often used by fire chiefs regarding fire trucks, he believes the adage can be applied to the harsh road conditions battled by members of the Public Works Department and local motorists.
He also thinks a new plan developed this year should help in fighting the war against ice and snow.
A local woman who has a passion for music has retired from giving music lessons, but will never retire from her love for music.
Mary Margaret Barlage has studied music all of her life, and has been teaching music lessons at her home, including piano, organ, guitar, vocal and accordion, for the past 60 years.
Last Tuesday marked Barlageâs last music lesson, after 60 years, and she said she felt it was time to retire.
âI have studied music all of my life,â Barlage said. âMusic has always been easy to me. Itâs a gift.â