Bedford considering rent subsidy programBedford -- On Oct. 15, Economic Development Director Rebecca Corrigan proposed to Council forming a rent subsidy program to attract businesses to downtown. The city would use non-tax revenue funds, such as permit fees, to refund up to 30 percent of a new business' monthly rent for up to two years. The refund would be no more than $450 per month. Council members said they would further consider the information.Cuyahoga County closing juvenile facilityHudson -- As part of their plan to close the Youth Development Center, a minimum residential campus for Cuyahoga County juveniles on Hines Hill Road, Cuyahoga County officials are selling a little less than half of the property. Lee Trotter, deputy administrator for Cuyahoga County, said the county has put 220 acres of the 450-acre center on the market and has received calls from interested parties. The undeveloped land, zoned for residential housing, is valued at more than $8 million, he said. The center is a minimum residential campus for about 110 Cuyahoga County youths referred there by the Cuyahoga County juvenile court system. Trotter added he anticipates the county will absorb the center's approximately 100 employees into other county operations.Governor to visit MacedoniaMacedonia -- Gov. Ted Strickland was scheduled to visit a local company today (Oct. 31) to discuss his energy policy and how to create and retain jobs in the state.Strickland was scheduled to stop in the afternoon at Empire Die Casting, an East Highland Road manufacturer of engineered aluminum, zinc and magnesium die castings. Strickland spokesperson Keith Dailey said Empire was selected because it is exploring alternative energy sources such as solar power. Dailey said the visit also comes on the heels of an energy bill, Senate Bill 221, which is now working its way through the state legislature.Council says train funds will help homeownersMaple Heights -- Council passed an amendment to legislation that directs funds received from Norfolk Southern be used to help residents along the railroad line by paying for possible noise and sight buffers. The fund includes permit fees, inspection fees, a recent court settlement of $70,000 and money from gate fees that the city collects from the Norfolk Southern intermodel facility on Greenhurst Road as part of a past court settlement. According to Finance Director Mike Slocum, the fund contains $340,000 that has been collected since 2005. Slocum said the legislation concerning the fund had to be changed because the $70,000 court settlement between the city and the railroad was already spent on separate legal fees.City examines two safety proposalsSilver Lake -- The impact of trains on the Cuyahoga Falls and Stow fire departments' response time was discussed as Silver Lake attempts to decide which agency to hire for its fire, EMS and dispatch services. Stow currently provides those services to Silver Lake in a contract that runs through the end of 2008, but Cuyahoga Falls has offered to provide the service for less money. At an Oct. 22 forum at Silver Lake Village Hall, some residents asked about how the proposed dinner train and other railroad traffic would affect the fire departments' response times. "We would put cameras on those tracks and monitor those as well," said Falls Fire Chief Mark Snyder, adding Falls would cover that cost. Snyder said cameras along other railroad tracks have improved the department's response time to many areas of the city. "We happen to have stations on both sides of the tracks," said Stow Fire Chief William Kalbaugh, who added Falls' access to Silver Lake would be blocked if those inactive tracks were reopened for the dinner train or other railroad traffic.Knights of Columbus collecting for militaryStow -- Members of the Stow-Hudson Knights of Columbus are collecting items to help military personnel en route, deployed or returning home. The collection drive for the United Service Organization of Ohio is scheduled for Nov. 10 at Stow City Hall, 3760 Darrow Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Knights are collecting the following items: Toilet paper; international phone cards; canned vegetables; fruit cups; tea bags; tuna fish; shaving cream; white socks; eye drops; cough drops; and hand sanitizer. District facing deficit in the near futureTallmadge -- Schools Treasurer Jeffrey Hostetler projects that the schools' general fund will have an ending balance of just more than $3 million by the end of this school year. The district's annual budget is around $25.5 million. If the district passes no more levies by fiscal year 2009, the projected balance drops to $342,705, he said. In fiscal year 2010, the balance falls to a deficit of around $3.2 million and to a deficit of about $8 million in 2011. By 2012, Hostetler projects the district to have a deficit of more than $14 million.The current forecast doesn't factor in new teacher contracts, which have yet to be ratified. The district hopes to pass Issue 14, a 1 percent school income tax levy, on the Nov. 6 ballot.Heir to Twins Days chair appointedTwinsburg -- "It means a lot to see that it happens the way my father would have liked it to," said Andy Miller Jr., newly appointed committee director of Twins Days Festival Committee, which his father organized for 25 years. Andrew Miller Sr. died July 26, just days before the 32nd international event, which Miller Sr. helped grow from a few dozen look-alikes in its early days to thousands of visitors and more than 2,000 siblings in 2007. From the time he and his twin sister, Janine, were born, Miller Jr. said he was involved in helping his father and mother, Sandy, with the Twins Days Festival.Miller Jr. said some of the goals his father hoped to see come to fruition included building a new Twins Day office and a twins museum.