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        Implementation of the Community Reinvestment Area program in Ottawa County has resulted in one business expansion and the pending opening of another, Jamie Beier Grant, director of the OCIC, said last week in the OCIC annual report for 2018.

        In Clay Township, Owen’s Ark Veterinary Clinic broke ground in mid-2018 for an expansion at its office on State Rt. 51 and in the City of Port Clinton, RAR Hospitality cleared the former Travelodge site for the construction of a Fairfield Inn & Suites that is scheduled to open later this year.

        A sanitary sewer project in Erie Township will help reduce run-off into Lake Erie, the administrator of the Ottawa County Sanitary Engineering Department said last week, as the first phase of the project is completed.

        The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving the role of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio in setting rate policy for FirstEnergy Corp. and its subsidiaries.

        At issue is the approval by the PUCO of what is called a distribution modernization rider for three FirstEnergy companies, Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating and Toledo Edison, which distribute and transmit power service.

        Calling the Ohio statehouse his “second home” for more than 33 years, Sen. Randy Gardner, said he was looking forward to his next position – Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

        Governor-elect Mike DeWine announced Gardner’s nomination for the post on Thursday.

        A group of environmental activists is asking the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council why it has taken a stand against a ballot initiative known as the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

        Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie said it sent a letter to Shaun Enright, executive secretary of the council, asking why the coalition of skilled building trades unions opposes the initiative and proposed a joint effort with the environmentalists to protect the lake and create jobs.

        The letter contends the council has opposed the ballot initiative on three occasions with legal motions and joined with “a dozen corporate lobby groups” in asking the Ohio Supreme Court to keep it off the Lucas County ballot.

 

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