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It’s taken four months of building relationships, but City of Toledo Deputy Mayor Dean Monske believes the pending purchase of The Docks riverfront restaurant complex by the Chinese development firm Dashing Pacific Group, LLC is only the beginning.

Monske believes this same company could be the one that develops the 127-acre Marina District in East Toledo.

The Chinese company has signed an agreement to purchase The Docks for $2.15 million. The matter will go in front of city council, which has to approve the transaction before the sale can be closed.

Councilman Mike Craig expects discussion to begin next week and a vote in about two weeks.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Craig said. “I think most everybody on council is supportive. We’ve got somebody interested in our riverfront and in our city. Banks aren’t letting loose of any cash and we really need the investment in Toledo. I think at least one of the restaurant pads will be filled by the summer.”

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Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of a new camera system that will be used to inspect sewer and water lines. The equipment will help the city in its investigation of inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from the wastewater collection system.
 
Significant rainfall sparked I&I issues a few years ago when several residents, particularly in the Wheeling trunk sewer service area, had complained about flooded basements. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing have also been used to help identify I&I.
 
The State of Ohio Purchasing Contract for the equipment has been awarded to Jack Doheny Supplies, Ohio, Inc., for $188,342.50. The cost includes the installation of the camera in the 2011 Sprinter CCTV Van, which was purchased last year and is currently being outfitted at Jack Doheny Supplies.
 
The equipment, called an IBAK Closed Circuit Televising (CCTV) system, consists of two cameras, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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On cable television’s first episode of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” actor Betty White mockingly referred to Toledo as “The Paris of Ohio.”

If one were to ask Chinese investors representing Dashing Pacific Group, LLC what attracted them to Toledo, they might tell you that the veteran actor’s lines were not far from the truth.

The Chinese development firm has signed an agreement to purchase The Docks riverfront restaurant complex in East Toledo’s International Park.

Toledo Deputy Mayor Dean Monske, a former director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation, and Perrysburg real estate investor Scott Prephan, who represents the Chinese company, say Toledo’s cultural opportunities have impressed the Chinese.

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Representatives of the villages of Genoa and Elmore and Clay Township are scheduled to meet Feb. 2 to discuss the next phase of a trail project linking the three communities.
 
Elmore Village Council last week approved a resolution of support for the Ottawa County commissioners to apply to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Department of Transportation for funding assistance for the Elmore to Genoa leg of the North Coast Inland Trail.
 
Genoa Village Council approved a similar resolution last month.
 
Clay Township trustees are supportive of the project but need more time to secure easements and right-of-way authorization, Don Hoeft, a trustee, said last week. Much of the property in the township along the abandoned railway the trail would follow has been purchased by Graymont Dolime and the company has indicated it’s not interested in releasing easements for its property.

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The City of Northwood dropped 35 Christmas trees into the lake at Ranger Park last week to provide shelter to smaller fish from predators.
 
Mayor Mark Stoner said the city had wanted to do it last year, but decided against it.
 
“I don’t think the ice was safe to be on,” he said.
 
The streets department, he said, bore holes along the periphery of the lake where it is approximately eight feet deep to put in the trees. A cement block is attached to each tree. As the ice melts, the trees will sink in the water.
 
The trees are expected to last for about two years before disintegrating.

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