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The Lake Township trustees, acting at the request of some Fostoria Road residents, have approved a resolution asking for a traffic speed study – the first step in the process for getting the speed limit lowered to 35 mph from 55.

The board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved the resolution, which will be forwarded to the Wood County engineer’s office and then to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which would actually conduct the study.

Oregon City Council last week backed a resolution in support of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC) and urged the Ohio Legislature to restoring funding to its budget.

The OCC has a current operating budget of approximately $8.5 million per year. However, under the proposed biennial budget, the OCC’s budget would be reduced to $4.1 million per year.

Under a proposed consent agreement with the Ohio Attorney General and Environmental Protection Agency, CSX Transportation, Inc. will pay $350,000 in civil penalties and related costs for spills into Cedar Creek in Lake Township and in other Ohio waterways.

Arcadis U.S., Inc., which was contracted by CSX for cleaning up after two train accidents, was charged with causing discharges into the Cuyahoga River,  and will pay a civil penalty of $60,000.

The Oregon school board last Tuesday eliminated eight classified positions as part of the closure of Wynn Elementary School.

Those positions include a school nurse, cafeteria employees, and a playground monitor.

The Genoa School District has begun a wave of extensive spending cuts, including the loss of one teacher this year and a custodian next year.

And one of the biggest changes families will have to endure is a new charge for all-day, everyday kindergarten beginning in fiscal year 2013. Parents of kindergarteners will have to fork out $100 per month beginning that school year for students to attend all day classes.

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