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By LANCE MIHM
Joe Lenhart will walk out of his office Friday and flip the switch to turn out the lights. The next time the office opens, he wonât be the person turning them back on for the first time in 11 1/2 years.
A retirement party was held for Lenhart on Friday, his last official day in the office as Auglaize County administrator. A mixture of current and former elected and hired officials from a vast area of county offices showed up to pay respect to a man that served in county positions for 28 years.
The Clerk of Courts Office budget is expected to remain the same in 2012, while the Municipal Court Clerk Office budget should decrease in the new year.
âWe were definitely hit this year with added expenses with Sue Ellen (Kohler) retiring,â Auglaize County Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth said of the former longtime clerk. âWe donât forsee those added expenses next year,â she said.
Dr. Thomas Freytag will show up to his family practice at 1252 Lincoln Drive in Wapakoneta today just like he has every weekday for the last 25 years.
Sadly, when the office closes at the end of the day, he will not return.
Freytag is giving up his long-time practice to fill a full-time position as occupational medical director at Lima Memorial Hospital. It was obvious Freytag discussed his wrestling with the decision before he made it. However, he said he felt the change was the best move for everyone involved.
With a shot of snowfall this week, motor vehicle experts stress the importance of making sure vehicles are in proper condition and winterized for this heavy weather season.
To avoid car issues during this winter season, residents should make sure each car in the household is ready to drive in the harsh weather, says a local expert.
âIt is important to keep up proper maintenance and to follow the ownerâs manual,â RRR Tire Services Manager Nick Riethman said.
Brenda and Bryan Ridings recently lost âsomeoneâ close to them.
However, they were more than happy to see the âpersonâ go.
Under the tutelage of Rebecca Manger at the Athletic Club in downtown Wapakoneta, the couple combined to lose 182.2 pounds in the past 18 months.
âThatâs a whole person,â Bryan said with a chuckle. âEven better, we lost our trainer, and one of the kids.â
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.