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Published: Wednesday, 7/19/2006

Maumee: Council approves software upgrade

Maumee council approved paying $1,500 to Northland Innovation Corp. of Minnesota to upgrade its RUOK software, which automatically calls homebound residents to make sure they pick up the phone.

The software program, designed in 1989, would not run reliably on newer computers.

Council also approved a $23,700 contract with Tetra Tech of Toledo to perform an engineering study for the next phase of the sewer-separation project in the Crystal Avenue area.

Perrysburg school board board officials voted 4-1 to expand a reading software program it has used for intervention to all the second graders.

Board member Walt Edinger voted against the Fast ForWord program, which he said had not been proven to help students already proficient at reading.

The software costs $315,000, spread over three years. The district also needs to purchase about $75,000 in hardware for it.

Perrysburg awaits results of a speed study on State Rt. 199 before deciding to go ahead with a study of the need for a traffic light at the Route 199 and Dr. McCauley Court intersection.

The city got three proposals for the signal study, with the lowest costing $1,700. City Engineer Doug Dariano told a council committee last week that Dr. McCauley Court has less traffic than Eckel Junction Road, which a 2004 study said did not meet the requirements for a signal.

The city is considering reducing the speed on Route 199 between South Boundary Street and Eckel Junction to 35 mph.

Last week, council awarded a $680,947.45 contract to Crestline Paving and Excavating Inc. of Toledo for the 2006 street resurfacing program.

Becky Minger of Sylvania, first runner-up to Melanie Murphy, 20, of Brook Park, Ohio, in the Miss Ohio Scholarship program, plans to seek the crown again.

Miss Minger, 18, won $4,500 in scholarship money as first runner-up.

She would assume the crown if for some reason Miss Murphy were unable to fill the duties of Miss Ohio.

A graduate of Sylvania Northview High School, she attends Bowling Green State University.



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