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    The Lake Township Fire Department in 2018 responded to 1,311 incidents, including 1,072 – or 82 percent - requests for rescue and emergency medical service, according to figures compiled by Bruce Moritz, fire chief, who presented the year’s report Tuesday to the township trustees.

        The 55 fires the department responded to represent slightly more than four percent of the call volume, which has been increasing since 2014.

       New state-of-the-art equipment, purchased with grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will enable the Harris-Elmore Fire Department to provide better service to the community and keep firefighters safe, Jeff Berkel, assistant chief, said last week.

        The department held a public display and demonstration Thursday with the new equipment at the fire station on Rice Street in Elmore.

        Applications from persons interested in filling the seat in the state legislature vacated last week by Sen. Randy Gardner will be accepted until Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

        Gardner has been appointed Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education by Gov. Mike DeWine. Ohio’s 2nd Senate District encompasses Erie, Ottawa and Wood counties and parts of Lucas and Fulton counties.

        The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held a public information session and hearing in Oregon City Council Chambers on Tuesday to give information on Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc.’s request to vertically expand Cell M, its only active hazardous waste disposal cell.

        Comments from the public were accepted at the hearing. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 18.

        ESOI, located at 876 Otter Creek Road, submitted a permit modification to expand a portion of Cell M on May 11 last year. The Ohio EPA issued a draft approval for the modification November 9. The agency is required to act on the permit modification request on or before May 14 this year.

        Currently, ESOI has approximately three years of remaining capacity. If the modification is approved, the expansion would increase capacity by about five additional years.

        The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently received approval from the State Controlling Board to begin funding nearly $10 million in projects aimed toward helping to keep dredged material out of Lake Erie.

        These projects are part of Ohio’s “Healthy Lake Erie Fund” efforts and will be managed by local officials and sponsors from Toledo, Lorain and Conneaut, the communities where these monies are being invested. These projects represent a portion of Ohio’s dredged material management program developed jointly by the Ohio EPA, ODNR, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with input from local stakeholders.

 

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