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b2ap3_thumbnail_b2ap3_thumbnail_OPGA-Logo2.jpgLet's get the whole family together for an out-of-the-ordinary fun-filled experience!  Bring your children and grandchildren to enjoy the vibrant world of Sawmill Creek!  

The beautiful Sawmill Creek Resort is conveniently located just off Route 2.   Contact Sawmill Creek Resort at 1-800-729-6455 or visit their website: www.SawmillCreekResorts.com. 

 

Arriving at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron/Sandusky, Ohio, you immediately sense the beauty of this special place. Nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, the 240 room Lodge, 18-hole Tom Fazio Golf course are set on 235 acres of affordable luxury. Three restaurants, marina, shops, pools, beautiful lakefront sand beach and a 500 acre nature preserve will satisfy your resort expectations set in a region of Ohio's largest tourism attractions and islands. 

 

There is no better place to enjoy Summer than when golfing, biking or hiking at Sawmill Creek Resort. Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve is the last remaining Ohio example of a Great Lakes coastal wetland; adjacent to Sawmill Creek Resort, and part of our trail walk.  Cattails and wildlife flourish here, along with kingfishers, egrets and, blanding turtles. This superlative mix of habitats provides for one of Ohio's premiere birding location.  

 

Area attractions include Cedar Point, Marblehead Light House, African Wildlife Safari, fishing, boating, wineries, and the many Lake Erie Islands!

 

The Ohio House Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee held a hearing May 28 on HB 140, which would require licensure of residential construction contractors and create a Residential Builders' and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors' Licensing Board to regulate the licensure and performance of residential construction contractors.  The bill does not apply to electric, plumbing and heating, ventilating and air conditioning contractors licensed under Section 4740 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Rep. Patmon, the bill's sponsor, gave details about the changes included in a proposed substitute bill and said they came about because of an interested party meeting.

The substantive change, the sponsor said, included adding people from the industry to the licensing board. After he briefly discussed discussed caveat emptor, or "buyer beware," with Chairman Young, the substitute bill was accepted without objection.

After the action was taken on the bill, members of the committee peppered Patmon with questions about its specifics.

Patmon told Rep. DeVitis most fraud cases and violations occur between the $25,000 and $100,000 range, and he told Rep. Barborak that the bill does not change existing law in regard to "do-it-yourself" projects.

Rep. Damschroder asked about the kind of guarantee a consumer has if the consumer hires a licensed contractor over an unlicensed one. Patmon explained passing a test would be required to obtain a license.

The two discussed whether and where the dividing line between a "contractor" and a "handy-man" would be drawn, and the possibility of a contractor only doing work outside a certain geographical limit being required to have a license. Barborak also asked about the dividing line between a contractor and his subcontractors.

An appeals court has taken the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to task in an unusually harsh, 3-0 ruling this week that largely upheld a lower court decision ordering the agency to refund nearly $860 million to certain employers.

 

Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals in Cleveland said the trial court correctly determined that the BWC operated an unlawful rating system that granted excessive premium discounts to employers participating in the group rating system at the expense of nongroup-rated businesses.  

“Reduced to its irreducible essence, this appeal is about a cabal of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation bureaucrats and lobbyists for group sponsors who rigged workers’ compensation insurance premium rates so that for employers who participated in the BWC’s group rating plan (‘group-rated employers’), it was ‘heads we win,’ and for employers who did not participate in the group rating plan (‘nongroup-rated employers’), it was ‘tails you lose,’” Judge Kenneth Rocco said in the decision. 

 “For more than 15 years, the BWC allowed nongroup-rated employers to subsidize excessive, undeserved premium discounts to group-rated employers who were handpicked by group sponsors to participate in the BWC’s group rating plan. The temerity of the group sponsors, untempered by any notions of equity from or of the BWC, exacted a heavy price for nongroup-rated employers – over $859 million.”

 The BWC’s group rating programs, which are sponsored by local and statewide business groups, offer participants’ employees workplace safety training and gives employers significant savings on workers’ compensation premiums.

Judge Rocco said the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court was right to order the BWC to refund the overcharges the bureau unlawfully collected from non-group employers, but remanded the case back to the lower court to recalculate the award to account for class members who at times participated in the group rating system between 2001 and 2008.

Appeals court Judges Eileen Gallagher and Mary Eileen Kilbane concurred in the decision. 

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