The Press Newspaper
Demolition of the tornado-damaged Lake Township administration building on Cummings Road is expected to start this week.
In a special meeting last Wednesday, the township trustees approved a resolution to advertise for letters of interest from architectural and design firms for plans for a new building.
The resolution says the township’s insurance carrier has determined the building is a total loss and will have it demolished to the slab.
Construction on a new building would probably start by next spring, the trustees said.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the insurance company has tentatively agreed to $1.7 million for replacing the building, which was constructed in 1993.
“That may be subject to change,” she said.
In addition to advertising in newspapers, the trustees agreed to send a notice to the Toledo chapter of American Institute of Architecture.
The trustees are confident a new building can be constructed at the same location even if there are some modifications.
As an Army veteran of World War II and a prisoner of war himself, Glenn Maddy has witnessed the pomp, parades, and other forms of recognition for U.S. veterans who fought in wars all over the globe.
But through all the years of memorials and services, he’s noticed one group that hasn’t received the recognition it deserves – surviving family members of those who made the supreme sacrifice and didn’t return.
As the guest speaker at a ceremony set for July 31 at Williams Park in the Village of Gibsonburg, Maddy, a retired Sandusky County agriculture agent, will focus his remarks on those families.
“There has always been a lot of recognition of folks who came back like me,” he said last week. “But for the families of servicemen who were killed in combat, they’ve never been adequately recognized in my opinion.”
The day Maddy was captured in January, 1945 nine other soldiers in his unit were killed and he often thinks of the effect their deaths had on their families.
One of the worst days of the war for his parents was January 23, 1945 – the day they received the telegram informing them their teenage son was listed as missing in action.
Facebook, Twitter added to Oregon PD site
“A lot of people follow Twitter on their cell phones so we wanted to try it out,” said Detective/Sgt. Tim Zale. “We can now correspond and interact with the public in real time.”
One post by the department last week on Facebook informed readers police had arrested a suspect in an attempted burglary in the Sylvandale area.
After a resident of Eastmoreland Drive near Sylvandale asked for more details, the police posted the suspect was from out of the area and appears to be mentally unstable.
“It seems to be an isolated incident and thanks to quick thinking from watchful neighbors, the person was taken into custody,” the police post says. “
Another post warns readers to not leave items in parked cars because the area has been hit by a rash of vehicle break-ins.
Former Cardinal Stritch and Genoa football coach Bill Hrabak always said that he
wanted to get into politics. Now, he’s getting his chance.
Hrabak is a candidate for Ohio House of Representatives District 81 in the November 2 general election. Representing the Constitution Party, he joins Democrat Benjamin E. Nutter and Republican Rex Arthur Damschroder on the ballot. The seat, now held by term-limited Jeff Wagner, R-Sycamore, covers parts of Seneca, Sandusky and Ottawa counties.
Politics is nothing new for Hrabak — he was a campaign volunteer for President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush’s election efforts. His original intention was to run in the Republican primary, but changed his decision after being interviewed by the Constitution Party.
“I am a pro-life advocated, Second Amendment supporter and Reagan conservative,” Hrabak wrote in campaign literature. “My decision to run for the Constitution Party is, in part, due to a lack of a true conservative direction by other parties.”
SUREnergy made a proposal to the board that could result in making Oregon City
Schools Ohio’s largest wind-powered district.
Oregon Schools Superintendent Michael Zalar says the building of commercial wind turbines on two campuses could result in a significant future cost savings in utility bills.
“If this is a project we’re going to do, it is going to be a project we’re going to do with permanent improvement dollars, not with operational dollars,” said Dean Sandwisch, school district business operations manager.
“Another thing the project is doing with (Clay High School environmental science and biology teacher) Dennis Slotnick involved is really going at it from the two-pronged approach of educational benefit and economic benefit. I think we are really taking that approach,” Sandwisch said.
Making the presentation was Bryan Rathbun, assistant sales director at Sandusky-based SUREnergy, and Bill Caughey, a consultant for Chevron and SUREnergy. Rathbun deals mostly with school and municipal projects for the renewable energy company.
School officials maintain that Chevron would be involved in arranging the financing and provides no money towards the project, and the project would include no additional burden on the taxpayer.
“There are actually a couple different aspects to the project that we are looking at,” Rathbun said. “Some of them are likely to change. What we have right now is, we’re applying to implement six different turbines at two of the different buildings.”
If approved, there would be construction of four or more turbines capable of offsetting 25 to 60 percent of Clay High School’s utility costs, state SUREnergy presentation materials. More studies would be needed to confirm the size and structure of the project.
The proposal also includes two small commercial wind turbines at Eisenhower Middle School that SUREnergy says would offset 85 to 100 percent of that school’s utility costs. The equipment will be leased by the school district.
SUREnergy suggests that the district uses the Northwind 100 kilowatt turbine, which is one of the few American wind turbines currently available. The unit has been in production for 10 years and has over 100 installation sites around the world, with over 10 years of proven performance. Many of the internal components found in this turbine are made in Ohio.
Safety and technology features of each turbine include three independent braking systems, 24/7 live monitoring from Vermont, a permanent magnet direct-drive technology that eliminates the need for gears, an automatic start-up and restart, and a power corruption factors that helps to reduce costs even if there is no wind. Lighting protection includes receptors in blades, nacelle lightning rod and surge protection,
The proposal states the construction of new wind turbines would stabilize overhead costs by keeping the district’s overhead electrical costs at the same flat rate for 15 years. This would provide short- and long-term savings by protecting against unstable and uncertain electrical costs.
Slotnick also spoke on the success of a residential model turbine already installed at Clay’s Wind Research Facility, and his thoughts on establishing commercial turbines on campus.
“The most important thing is there is the educational component that has to do with students collecting data, assessing bird impact, and determining the outputs,” Slotnick said, “and, as far as the school, the energy production is the economic advantage. It’s actually not going to cost any more money, but it’s going to save the school money.
“It’s a very strong move in the direction for maximizing our resources right on campus with wind energy, saving taxpayers, and being a great educational tool for our students, for our community, and the electronics program, and the biology program to be watching the bird study. It would benefit the physics classes, and the physics science group would be studying this, comparing the data.”
A board member asked if the agricultural students could access the data, and Slotnick responded that, “This data share is critical for everybody.”