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Jerusalem Township trustees are seeking volunteers to help develop the John T. Kennedy Park, dedicated 12 years ago in memory of a firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The park, located just east of Town Hall on the north side of Jerusalem Road, was once a 60 acre farm. Thirty acres are now parkland, and the remaining property is used for the township’s salt shed and recycling station.

“It’s in its infancy stage,” said Trustee Joe Kiss. “Right now, there are cut paths for walking and wildlife habitat. It’s a poorly tiled field, with whatever water is left there after it rains. We haven’t farmed it in many years.”

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Janis Kennedy would have been married to her husband, John Thomas Kennedy, 68 years this year had he not perished in a fire in 1976.

Mr. Kennedy, who was a Jerusalem Township firefighter, died fighting a blaze off State Route 2 on October 17 that year.

With the passage of time, certain events fade from memory.

For Mrs. Kennedy, that ill-fated day is forever etched in her mind.

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FirstEnergy cost plan challenged
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is challenging a request by FirstEnergy to pass costs onto consumers stemming from a change in regional transmission organizations.

The OCC filed its protest last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, arguing the utility has not provided sufficient evidence to show customers will benefit from the utility's decision to change regional transmission organizations. The FERC should instead require FirstEnergy's shareholders to pay the costs resulting from the utility's switch from the Midwest ISO to the PJM Interconnection, Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said.

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Jerusalem Township, along with other townships in Lucas County, will be part of the Lucas County storm water utility, which will charge a fee to residents and businesses beginning next year.

Township Trustee Joe Kiss isn’t too happy about the program.

“I just started hearing some grumblings about it last night at our business meeting,” Kiss said last Wednesday. “It just sure seems like another way to pull some extra tax from people who shouldn’t be paying it.”

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Walbridge Village Council has heard the first reading of a new refuse collection contract that will - if approved – replace a 20-year contract with Waste Management of Ohio that ends March 13.

Under the proposed agreement with Waste Management, collection rates will be $10.25 a month per residence for refuse and recycling services. Prices for those services will increase by 3 percent annually.

There is also a monthly fee of $3 for a 96-gallon refuse cart and $2.50 for a 64-gallon recycling cart. Recycling and refuse carts will be leased directly to residents.

The cost to residents, however, will be partially offset by a payment from the village to Waste Management of $20,846 a year, which will reduce residents’ out-of-pocket costs by $1.85 a month.

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