Business in Brief

FirstEnergy gives $383,000 boost to schools, gov'ts Local schools and municipalities received a financial boost when FirstEnergy Corp. delivered a check totaling $383,247.95 to the Huron County Treasurer's Office for the company's first-half property taxes.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

FirstEnergy gives $383,000 boost to schools, gov'ts

Local schools and municipalities received a financial boost when FirstEnergy Corp. delivered a check totaling $383,247.95 to the Huron County Treasurer's Office for the company's first-half property taxes.

FirstEnergy is one of Huron County's largest taxpayers.

Local school districts will receive more than 70 percent of the nearly $212 million FirstEnergy companies will pay in property taxes this year to the 48 counties in Ohio where it owns property and facilities.

The remainder is used to fund a variety of township, city and county services, such as police and fire protection, libraries, mental health institutions and parks and recreation facilities.

About 14 percent of a customer's electric bill goes toward about two dozen local, state and federal taxes, which totaled more than $1.8 billion for FirstEnergy in 2006.

FirstEnergy's operating electric utility companies in Ohio are Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison Company.

City officials part of business show

The City of Norwalk will have a booth at the Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show Saturday at the Norwalk Middle School.

Should citizens wish to speak to Mayor Sue Lesch or specific department heads, the schedule is as follows:

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mayor Sue Lesch

10 to 11 a.m.: Chief Kevin Cashen, Police Department

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Director Jim Sawyer, Public Works Department

Noon to 1 p.m.: Superintendent Rick Brown, Water & Wastewater Treatment and Superintendent Dick Moore, Street Department

1 to 2 p.m.: Superintendent Ken Leber, Park & Recreation Department

3 to 4 p.m.: Director Jim Conway, Law Department.

Quadax Norwalk looking to expand

Quadax, Inc. is in the process of expanding its Norwalk office.

The medical billing company, headquartered in Cleveland, expects to continue its workforce expansion gradually throughout the year. Quadax first opened an office in Norwalk in 1999 with 20 employees. The office workforce has expanded to 50 employees in the past 3 years.

Quadax recently signed a lease to expand its offices at 1 E. Main St. to include the recently renovated second floor. Applications are being accepted at the office.

"Norwalk has presented Quadax with a very good workforce for the past eight years and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many more years," a spokesperson said.

Norwalk's Cross promoted at RTC

Ralph Tyler Companies (RTC) promoted Jon Cross, GIS Manager, to corporate senior management. Cross will now be responsible for national GIS operations at RTC.

Cross started his tenure with RTC in 1998 and is currently serving as RTC's Project Manager for the City of Cleveland's GIS Phase II Utilities project where the project team is responsible for designing and developing an enterprise wide GIS system including the data model for each utility as well as capturing all sewer, water and electric facilities and designing an expandable maintainable system.

Cross is a life long resident of Norwalk. He served on the Norwalk Planning and Zoning commission during the Mayor Hartman administration.

RTC is a minority-owned, full-service Engineering and Architectural firm with multiple offices located throughout the country. RTC is headquartered in Cleveland, and has been in operations since 1979. Current projects include the North East Ohio Regional Sewer Districts' CVI GIS mapping project and NOACA's five county Asset and pavement management project.

Curves hosts ninth annual food drive

Curves of Huron, Sandusky, and Norwalk will be participating in the Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks.

Last year, the Curves Food Drive collected 11 million pounds of food for local communities all over the world.

To celebrate the generosity of the community, Curves is waiving its normal service fee for any new member who brings in a bag of non-perishable groceries and joins between March 1st and March 10th. Last year more than 247,940 new members joined Curves during the Food Drive.

Others wishing to donate may drop off non-perishable food items at Curves Monday through Saturday during business hours through the month of March.

"The Curves Food Drive promotion is always exciting," said Gretchen Studer, the owner of the three clubs. "We have a chance to help so many people at a time when the food banks are lowest, while we assist more women in reaching their fitness and weight-loss goals. It's a win-win situation for everyone, and we're very proud to participate. Our goal this year is more than 20,000 lbs of food. To help us this year, other businesses in the area are joining in the drive with us."

With more than 10,000 locations worldwide, Curves is the largest fitness franchise and the fastest growing franchise company in history. More than four million women belong to the Curves community.

Harvest for Hunger campaign slated

March 1 marks the official beginning for the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio's annual Harvest for Hunger campaign.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The campaign raises food and funds to help local hunger relief efforts. One of the largest food drives in the nation, Harvest for Hunger raised a record-breaking $124,000 and 18,000 pounds of food in 2006 for Second Harvest.