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        Final costs for the Toussaint Creek improvement project are $235,127 less than the original estimate, according to figures from the project’s joint board of supervisors.

        Bills have been mailed to 5,102 parcel owners in Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties, said Mike Libben, program administrator for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District.

        The project cost $622,484 and was completed in June. The estimated cost was $857,127.

        With its Oct. 4 ruling against the group backing the “Keep the Jail in Downtown Toledo” citizens initiative, the Ohio Supreme Court has suddenly transformed the decision-making process in the state’s initiatives, Terry Lodge, an attorney representing an environmental group behind the Lake Erie Bill of Rights initiative, said last week.

        “The decision in our case was overshadowed by the ruling by the Supreme Court in the jail initiative, he said. “Now a two-thirds vote of a city or village council is needed to put something on the ballot, based on a narrow 4-3 ruling.”

       Members of the Benton-Carroll-Salem school board were presented the Award for Outstanding Leadership during the northwest region fall conference of the Ohio School Boards Association in Tiffin.

        Members of the board are Jeff Dornbusch, president; Kim Dusseau, vice president; Jamie Tooman, Steve Rhodes and Heather Dewitz.

          Northwood Councilman Dan Mikolajczyk is not happy with Lake Township when it comes to taking care of lots with overgrown weeds in the surrounding area of the former Woodville Mall, where Northwood is trying to attract new commercial and residential development.

        “Northwood has invested more than $2.3 million to clean up - and hopefully revitalize - the old Woodville Mall location,” said Mikolajczyk. “We have high hopes of investors wanting to bring in new businesses to this location and maybe creating a new multi-use and extended downtown area for Northwood. If this occurs, the city, as well as Lake Township, would gain some possible new business ventures.”

        But he said tall weeds, unkempt lots and abandoned buildings in Lake Township near the mall property are chasing away development.

        The Northwood Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, rain or shine, at Central Park, located at Wales at Oram roads.

        The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade beginning at Northwood Commons on Woodville Road .

        “This is the third annual festival and we hope to keep it going,” said Pat McGaharan, the Fall Festival chairman.

        New this year are the Dino-ROAR Ohio! And Frogtown Exotics in the kids area, according to McGaharan.

        “The dinosaurs are all life size. They will walk through the festival and interact with the kids. They will also be on parade and put on two shows on stage,” he said. “It will be really cool for the kids."




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